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ZM lead Gorbals mill conversion and new build

January 25 2017

ZM lead Gorbals mill conversion and new build
ZM Architecture are proposing to renovate a collection of B-listed former mill buildings in Glasgow’s Gorbals district, as part of a new build residential scheme off Old Rutherglen |Road.

Overlooking Gorbals Road Garden the 92 properties will range from studios through to loft-style family homes with interventions minimized to preserve as many period features as possible. In addition two health buildings fronting Commercial Road will be demolished in favour of a pair of new build blocks.

In their design statement the architects explained: “The form of the corner block was derived from the relationship with the two listed buildings. The Old Rutherglen Road elevation reads as two brick ‘book ends’ to the smaller painted brick building (building 1). The roof references building 2’s distinctive ’sawtooth’ north-light roof profile. The balconies on the corner benefit from the Commercial Rd elevation being cut back affording south easterly views down Old Rutherglen Road. The building is accessed at the rear parking court from Commercial Road and via a secure pedestrian pend from Old Rutherglen Road. All flats excluding studios are dual aspect.  

“The four storey Commercial Road block slopes down towards the courtyard. The formal order employed affords a strong regular proportioned elevation onto Commercial Road.”

A retail unit is envisaged for the ground floor of the corner block with a parking court situated to the rear.
A palette of brick will tie together new build and retained elements
A palette of brick will tie together new build and retained elements
The mill buildings were first converted in 1991-3 for commerical use
The mill buildings were first converted in 1991-3 for commerical use


#1 Posted by MoFloCOCO on 25 Jan 2017 at 14:03 PM
This scheme looks pretty good. I've no complaints about it. Good work.
What I find incredible though (after a quick look on google maps) is the age of the two health buildings on Commercial Street being demolished - perhaps only 5 to 10 years old. I take it they're part of the PFI legacy.
#2 Posted by Egbert on 25 Jan 2017 at 16:37 PM
Agree with #1 about the existing health service buildings. A quick look at the planning portal shows they were granted consent in 2001 - still seems an incredibly short lifespan. The D&A statement submitted with the current application suggest they were developed on a lease due to end this year with no intention of renewing, so I can only assume the services within are going to relocate (to the new QEUH?). Would be interesting to know...
Typical PFI Basher
#3 Posted by Typical PFI Basher on 25 Jan 2017 at 16:47 PM
The building you refer to were originally built as a factory in 1999 and later converted to what it is today by the NHS.
To suggest the building was built through PFI shows a stunning lack of knowledge.
PFI generally are long term contracts where the developer has to maintain the facility for an agreed term (generally more than 20 years)

The current Scottish Government still use Private Finance to fund many of their developments.

Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh
Kilmarnock College
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
North Ayrshire Mental Health
Inverness College

In fact the recently completed City of Glasgow College was recently procured through a Private Finance Deal

Is that one of those FPI Legacy projects that you think will be knocked down in 5 – 10 years

Im willing to bet money it wont
#4 Posted by Charlie_ on 27 Jan 2017 at 09:01 AM
This looks brilliant, bravo ZM!
Lynne Lees
#5 Posted by Lynne Lees on 29 Aug 2017 at 10:56 AM
We do not need more PRIVATE HOUSING in the Gorbals...we need social housing...the long time Gorbals residents are opposed to this, most of them have never even heard about it before this...our area is being slowly sold off piece by piece to private developers it's just not right!
#6 Posted by Karen on 29 Aug 2017 at 12:17 PM
Its more social housing we need here in the Gorbals not private. Gorbals folk born and bred here are having to move out the area to get a decent home. Yes by all means renovate the old mill buildings but not at the expense of our community family!!!!!!!!
#7 Posted by Laura on 29 Aug 2017 at 18:26 PM
Before providing even more homes would it not be better giving the area a Secondary School or another Primary school!!!
#8 Posted by Melissa on 30 Aug 2017 at 07:55 AM
Cracking building which will look great when renovated however more private housing is not needed in the gorbals. It's getting cramped already, this is just greedy developers making a quick buck by selling unaffordable housing lassed as city centre. People who were born here or lived here most of their life now have grown up kids who cat get affordable housing, they would like to buy property here but are having to move outwith the area as the prices are ridiculous. Where was the community consultation? What is the cut off date to reject these plans? Never heard a thing about this,.
#9 Posted by Jackie on 30 Aug 2017 at 13:38 PM
We desperately need a primary school in the Gorbals! I'm sick of Glasgow City Council selling off so-called 'listed buildings' to the highest bidder with no thought for the community and no consultation with them either.
Peter Bell
#10 Posted by Peter Bell on 31 Jan 2022 at 19:20 PM
I objected to the plans when they were proposed and still do. What height will the new blocks be and what parking provisions will be put in place, it would appear there are many more appartments than spaced which means residents cars will block up local roads.

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