KITCHEN Role For ‘All But Forgotten’ Art Deco Building Is Rejected

25 October, 2022 | Listed / Historic Buildings

A PLAN to turn rundown B-listed Art Deco premises in Glasgow into a delivery kitchen hub has been refused.

Kitchhub applied to change the use of the building at 140 Salkeld Street, south of Tradeston, opposite the main line into Glasgow Central station.

A statement submitted to city planners explained: “The proposed development will see this property converted into a series of catering kitchens where numerous food franchises will prepare and distribute a range of cooked foodstuffs for delivery to restaurants and for home delivery, through a series of individual kitchens.

“The existing layout is characterised by a series of individual spaces which presumably were offices or other administration uses, and the proposed new layout will continue to reflect the nature of these subdivisions. In addition there will staff facilities, offices and areas designated for dispatch.”

City planners said the proposed flues and lack of detail regarding other alterations to the external appearance of the premises “would have the potential to impact on the character” of the listed building.

They also stated: “The proposed scale and detail of the development has the potential to impact on the local transport network and would result in overdevelopment of the site. There are no controls which would permit a development of this scale at this site.”

Officials added that “in the interests of proper planning of the site and surrounding area” the application contained insufficient information to allow it to be properly assessed.

Specifically, given that the development would be considered to be a “significant trip generator”, a transport statement giving details of the predicted levels of vehicle movements to and from the site was needed.

The applicant’s document had explained: “The property…is a fine if tired example of Art Deco architectural styling. Thought to have been designed by James Miller, the building was constructed in 1933 originally for the Leyland Motor Company.

“Externally the building has retained much of its original detailing however apart from the entrance foyer and staircase, none of the original interior remains.

“The last known use was as offices however the building has been vacant for a number of years and is in poor condition and deteriorating rapidly and is currently inhabited by pigeons and rodents.”

It continued: “The development will secure the future of this interesting building and bring investment into the area, job opportunities and rates for the city council.

“The resultant development will provide quality cooking/preparation facilities…in a quality Art Deco building, which had all but been forgotten and, were it not for this proposal, might be lost to the city.”

It was anticipated that the facility would operate between 8am and 11pm, seven days a week.

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