REDESIGNED Plan Drawn Up For Flats At Rundown Historic Building

16 December, 2023 | Listed / Historic Buildings

REVISED proposals to ‘sensitively redevelop’ a large B-listed building in central Glasgow have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

Developer Detail Residential wants to convert the dilapidated former police headquarters and district court in Turnbull Street into apartments “providing stylish contemporary living”.

Originally there were to be 45 flats and duplexes but a new proposal for 31 apartments has now been submitted following planning department concerns over the massing of the site, overlooking issues and quality of open communal amenity space.

A design document included with the new plans states: “These comments were focused purely on the courtyard and connecting cell blocks. The proposal for the Turnbull Street facing block was largely acceptable.

“We have redesigned the scheme as a 31-unit scheme. The main reduction in the number of units comes from the proposed demolition of the north connecting cell block in the courtyard.

“By removing this section of building we reduce the massing on the site but also increase the amount of available courtyard space which is to be re-landscaped as communal open amenity for the proposed residents.”

The statement continues: “The aim of this proposal is to create a high quality piece of conservation architecture.

“Internally the building is in a very poor state. There are missing floors, failing joists, collapsed ceilings and general rubble spread in all rooms. All existing finishes are dilapidated and past a state of repair.”

The building was designed by A B McDonald and opened in 1906.

The planning application is pending consideration by city planners.

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