PLAN To Keep Facade Of B-Listed Building As Part Of Flats Tower At ‘Missing Tooth’ Site

29 July, 2020 | Residential, Listed / Historic Buildings

A DEVELOPER has revealed £20million plans for a 100-apartment tower at a high-profile site in Glasgow City Centre.

Consensus Capital propose a “high-quality lifestyle development” of studio and one-bedroom flats at 520-522 Sauchiehall Street. There would be commercial uses at ground floor level.

The so-called ‘missing tooth’ site includes a B-listed building, which opened as a piano store in 1896 and has lain derelict since its last use as a nightclub, which closed in 2011.

Pre-application consultation is underway.

The feasibility of keeping the façade of the red sandstone building at 520 Sauchiehall Street as part of the proposal is being looked at.

If approved by planners, it is hoped work can start in spring 2021 with a completion date set for June 2022.

Mark Emlick, chief executive of Consensus Capital, said: “This project will provide more than 100, high-quality modern homes suitable for first-time buyers, single professionals and couples.

“Development of Sauchiehall Street has, for a long time, focused on servicing the night-time economy and there is a desire among city planners and local people, to return the area to its original, mixed use.

“City centre living reduces commuting time, lowers the carbon footprint of commuting, retains more consumer spending within the city centre’s local economy and provides day-time balance to the existing night-time economy.

“This location is ideal for people looking to live in a vibrant, city-centre environment close to great shops, pubs and restaurants and some of the city’s best transport links.”

He added: “The residential units will create significant economic benefit to the local area, encouraging key workers and graduates to remain in the city and providing a highly-connected location for city-centre living.”

A heritage consultant has been retained to advise on the final design to ensure the proposed development reflects and enhances the appearance of the local conservation area and neighbouring buildings.

Stepehen Miles, a director of the buidling’s designers ADP Architecture, said: “We believe that in a post-COVID world, enabling people to live within walkable and cycling neighbourhoods in the city centre is crucial for supporting the economy of Glasgow.

“Accessibility to high quality living that enables employers to access highly-skilled, graduate markets will be key to ensuring economic recovery and rebuilding thriving city centres.”

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