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December 15 2017

Glasgow fleshes out Bellgrove Meat Market masterplan
Glasgow City Council has staged an exhibition outlining their indicative masterplan for the B-listed former Bellgrove Meat Market, ahead of a formal planning application early next year.

This illustrates the proposed infrastructure layout for the site linking Collegelands to Dennistoun, parcelling the land up into three perimeter blocks in a nod to the tenement district next door.

Active ground floor uses will be included along Duke and Bellgrove Street’s with quieter secondary streets to the interior. Key to this approach will be a landscape strip.

This will open up views of the historic sheds, with the B-listed gates relocated into the landscaping.

In a statement the council said: “Under the Glasgow City Region City Deal Glasgow City Council is proposing to develop infrastructure and landscape to support a mixed use development with the potential to support the erection of residential, commercial, office, hotel, student and private rental accommodation.”

Comments on the indicative masterplan are invited via collegelands-caltonbarras@drs.glasgow.gov.uk
The Duke Street elevation will be set back to open up views to Ladywell Business Centre
The Duke Street elevation will be set back to open up views to Ladywell Business Centre

7 Comments

MoFloBro
#1 Posted by MoFloBro on 15 Dec 2017 at 12:35 PM
'The Duke Street elevation will be set back to open up views to Ladywell Business Centre' - not sure I understand this correctly. Ladywell Business Centre is half a mile west of here and already hidden behind the old Great Eastern Hotel. I'd prefer they kept a more urban feel to the section to create a link between the city end and Dennistoun.
Spock
#2 Posted by Spock on 15 Dec 2017 at 14:22 PM
It's like 'Hey, my 5-yeal-old kid just learnt this cool flare feature in Photoshop. Let him do the masterplan alltogether!'

The question is - does this piece of crap shed need to be preserved at all? Why not making this a modern civic square with organized organic/fresh-food market? Dennistoun is being gentrified very rapidly recently, so why not cater for this target? Also to attract people to pop in and properly counterweight the Fienniestoun - Merchant City - Dennistoun axis.
Pablo
#3 Posted by Pablo on 15 Dec 2017 at 19:23 PM
You have to question the imagination of someone that can't see the cattle sheds as having the potential to be a pretty interesting and unusual (sheltered!) urban space.
Fush And Chups
#4 Posted by Fush And Chups on 17 Dec 2017 at 20:09 PM
#2 That may be what they do on planet Vulcan, and 1960s-90s Glasgow, but thankfully they're a little more enlightened nowadays.
The listed shed is the one real asset on this site.
I like your idea of a modern organic/fresh-food market. Perhaps that could be housed under the restored shed. Continue the street grid around the cattle shed, active frontages, plenty of housing and jobs a good un.
This doesn't need to be overthought.
Jimbob Tanktop
#5 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 17 Dec 2017 at 23:51 PM
The idea of a permanent fresh food market is excellent, possibly similar to the Mercado San Miguel in Madrid. The Dennistoun site is larger, and obviously this is a smaller city than Madrid but then the Spanish capital has lots of fresh food markets whereas we just have roving farmers' markets. A permanent home for small, independent stall holders and a properly managed facility could inject strong, added vibrancy to an area which needs a helping hand to fulfil its potential.
bella grove
#6 Posted by bella grove on 18 Dec 2017 at 11:05 AM
every charrette process since the beginning of time has singled out having a nice twee farmer's market as highly desirable.... but that doesn't mean it's viable or that anyone is going to kick their Tesco habit for it either. Some active frontages would be nice though... and after many decades of being dubiously proclaimed 'Merchant City East', Dennistoun is actually delivering the goods now (Michelin-approved fine dining AND a trendy pizza restaurant) so you never know...
Walt Disney
#7 Posted by Walt Disney on 20 Dec 2017 at 12:28 PM
I'm sorry guys but its Dennistoun....not Madrid. You could poison these poor folk by exposing them to fruit and vegetables. 50% of the people scoffing Wagyu and Rioja at San Miguel are tourists anyway. I'll eat my words - and some purple sprouting broccoli, if a commercial end user came forward with that kind of proposal. Tenements, shops, cafes ad pubs. That's what Duke Street is about.

An apochryphal East End story is that the majority of pubs on Duke Street are on the south side as back in the old days the boundary for Barrowfield ran up the middle of the street and the business rates were substantially cheaper.

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