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Bowling club demise sparks Finnieston turf war

May 14 2018

Bowling club demise sparks Finnieston turf war
A development of 39 flats is in play for the former Corunna Bowling Club at St Vincent Crescent in Finnieston, following the submission of plans by applicant Nixon Blue and their architect, Jewitt and Wilkkie.

It is proposed to erect an eight storey residential block on the former club, containing a mix of flats and duplexes with underground parking, in addition to a publicly accessible garden and amenity space fronting the A-listed crescent itself.

Mindful of the surrounding conservation area a stone façade above a rusticated base has been specified with polished pre-cast surrounds used to delineate entrances.

Yorkhill & Kelvingrove community council remain unimpressed by the plans however, demanding the right to explore 'other green space uses' for the site.

In a statement the architects observed: “The opportunity to immediately reinvent a now redundant site in an important Glasgow conservation area should be realized, before the site becomes another derelict vacant site – of which Glasgow currently has too many.

“To reflect the conservation area character the proposal id for a three-tiered façade with generally a 3-4 bay rhythm. A contemporary interpretation of a rusticated base and a deep parapet have also been used.”

Corunna Bowling Club closed for good in October last year.


jimbob tanktop
#1 Posted by jimbob tanktop on 14 May 2018 at 15:01 PM
If Glasgow really does have 'too many' derelict sites perhaps the developer could have built on one of them as opposed to this little bucolic patch of Finnieston.
Sue Pearman
#2 Posted by Sue Pearman on 15 May 2018 at 10:48 AM
Just one glance at the 'context' elevations (on the link to the planning application) says everything about how inappropriate this proposal is. Truly, truly awful in my view. One can only hope that the Planning Department also thinks this has inadequate architectural quality to justify such an inappropriate scale.
#3 Posted by Egbert on 15 May 2018 at 11:25 AM
This is pretty poor by any standards and the community are quite right to kick this one back. Finnieston deserves better.
Alistair Firth
#4 Posted by Alistair Firth on 15 May 2018 at 19:22 PM
The only reason it's a redundant space is that you paid the bowlers to leave. What a ridiculous monstrosity in what is supposed to be a conservation area
#5 Posted by Jenny on 18 May 2018 at 12:22 PM
This is an absolute disgrace. It is GREEN SPACE and on a conservation site. The developer paid the bowling club committee for the land which is why it is empty. I hope Glasgow City Council do not destroy this city by letting developers continue to build more and more flats on limited green space. Finnieston is becoming more and more congested with cars and this will only add to the problem and increase pollution. Keep green space green and by doing so keep social care costs of the council down by allowing for more areas to socialise, reduce isolation and increase opportunities for exercise.

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