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Upmarket re-jig of Finnieston flats proposal does the trick as planning is awarded

August 11 2017

Upmarket re-jig of Finnieston flats proposal does the trick as planning is awarded
Drum Property Group have secured planning consent for the development of 189 apartments on Minerva Street, Finnieston, on the site of a former car dealership, subject to a comprehensive site investigation for ground contamination.

Faced in Limestone and ceramic rainscreen the revised scheme maintains the absolute number of homes while including ‘deluxe penthouse units’ in line with market appraisals and fears that the buff brick and aluminum rainscreen clad plans, as originally envisaged in a previously consented scheme, would be perceived as being cost driven.

Explaining their decision to recommend the scheme for approval Glasgow City Council planning committee wrote: “The changes proposed significantly improve the layout of the buildings as previously approved, increase activation on Minerva Way and Minerva Street and utilise better quality materials on the building elevations.”

In all other key matters such as scale, massing and layout the DarntonB3 Architecture designed project will remain as before.


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#1 Posted by joe blogs on 11 Aug 2017 at 12:19 PM
will be interesting to see how they have dealt with the parking as when there is a gig on at the Hydro this area is full and cant see them achieving 189 spaces on the site. seems like more expensive student accommodation with no parking which is destroying our wonderful city. shame on the planning!!!!!!
#2 Posted by Hilloch on 11 Aug 2017 at 13:49 PM
#1 Developers have shown time and again that they do what they want when they want, it's well known that planners today sadly have very little clout due to their diminished budgets and lack of in house expertise, a vicious circle and exponential ticking time bomb for a not wealthy city as developers circle realising the city hall is hungry for capital investment, the latest stone like shoe box rendering proving a tempting cash injection. I get that planners should insist on more parking but can we get real on the ever widening gap between investment in our public services and the power that private capital brings to bear? I only hope the latest city council leadership can improve on things mind you.
#3 Posted by Daniel on 11 Aug 2017 at 14:38 PM
#1 - a lack of parking is ruining Glasgow, and not the huge numbers of cars in it?

#4 Posted by monkey9000 on 13 Aug 2017 at 13:08 PM
In a sensible world where people choose where they live based on where they work then I can't see why too much parking is necessary considering it being practically on top of Exhibition centre station - surely this is an ideal location for Glasgow and Edinburgh workers reducing their requirements for private car ownership.
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 14 Aug 2017 at 15:42 PM
Some sort of planning guideline on minimum window sizes might do us good in Glesga, going on the last two proposals covered. Yeash.
#6 Posted by George on 14 Aug 2017 at 21:40 PM
I think the council insisting on better quality materials being used should be applauded and hopefully is a sign of things to come.
Far too many plans passed on cheap cladding or white render which looks dreadful after 6 months of Scottish weather....
#7 Posted by Charlie_ on 15 Aug 2017 at 09:41 AM
@George: the council didn't insist, mate - they approved the last yellow brick and plasticky zinc iteration then the developer decided their own scheme was too cheap and crap to bring to market.
#8 Posted by George on 16 Aug 2017 at 13:22 PM
@Charlie: Thanks for the clarification, I thought it seemed too good to be true! I see they are trying to grab some of the glory, when in reality Glasgow seems to be the only city where they tolerate so many really poor quality new build projects.
#9 Posted by shcot on 24 Aug 2017 at 09:59 AM
Lack of 100% parking ratio will impact on surrounding area, likewise the scale. Top floor should have been stepped back in keeping with adjacent new build developments on other side of Minerva Street. The student accommodation at the bottom of Kelvinhaugh Street bears testimont to this technique not being applied, resulting in a behemoth of a building totally out of scale with it's surroundings. I fear this will be the same and also result in a 'buy to let' development more than owner occupied.
#10 Posted by Bill on 24 Aug 2017 at 12:11 PM
Well done Drum. The city is crying out for more modern housing to attract young energetic professionals to our great city. As for quality have any of you been to Manchester recently. All composite panelling This is atlesst in keeping with St Vincent Crescent. Certainly looks better than the Gym.

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