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Planners won over by revised Dennistoun flats proposal

August 22 2018

Planners won over by revised Dennistoun flats proposal

Glasgow City Council has lent its backing to a bid to build 27 flats on the site of a former gospel hall in Dennistoun, after the developer behind the plan agreed to reduce the number flats and increase parking provision.

Nixon Blue had originally bid to build 31 flats and just eight parking spots, but the newly approved plans will deliver 27 flats and 15 parking places after congestion concerns were raised by neighbours.

Managing director Richard McFadzean, said: “We have worked with the city council planners to amend our proposal to reduce the number of apartments as well as increase the number of parking spaces available within our site. Having listened to concerns and worked with our architects, we have been able to amend our initial proposals.

“Working with Glasgow-based architects, Vellowwood, our residences aim to complement the local surrounding buildings which are traditional Glasgow tenements. Our design needed to be complementary in mass and scale and includes features such as bay windows. Dennistoun is a popular residential area and our apartments will be attractive to all those looking to be close to the city centre while enjoying the vibrancy of the local area.”

Situated on the corner of Finlay Drive and Armadale Street the project will comprise a range of two and three-bed flats.


Sharon MacGregor
#1 Posted by Sharon MacGregor on 23 Aug 2018 at 10:49 AM
As a local resident, I find the finally accepted proposal (it had to be put to planning three times and many locals still objected) too domineering for the site and out of rhythm with the surrounding buildings. This is far more noticeable in the above mock photo than the drawings. There are many disappointed residents and local councillors. However, we now have no voice or right to appeal the decision.
#2 Posted by Jaded on 23 Aug 2018 at 12:31 PM
Excellent. Nice, dense, generally respectful of the context.

Another brick in the wall.
#3 Posted by Locomotion on 24 Aug 2018 at 08:21 AM
Sharon MacGregor,
I must disagree with your analysis of the development.
The proposals look very respectful and informed by the sandstone tenemental setting (perhaps TOO respectful, but that’s another argument).
It sounds like you are just bitter about the development and putting forward a very weak argument against it.
james Craig
#4 Posted by james Craig on 24 Aug 2018 at 19:03 PM
In terms of massing this does the right things forming a strong corner. I would say it looks a bit simple. The surrounding tenements are simple buildings too but there is a richness in the detail, Im not suggesting a pastiche, but consideration of the detail applied to the bays and string courses is very weak. It seams really dumbed down. Why on earth would you choose such an awful blue colour for the cladding? that will date very quickly.
#5 Posted by Sven on 27 Aug 2018 at 08:37 AM
I suspect that the Zinc cladding is lead in colour and not blue. If I suggest that the corner wall should be rounded and bot a straight edge to add a pleasing curve to the overall scheme.
Vellow Wood
#6 Posted by Vellow Wood on 28 Aug 2018 at 20:52 PM
Lots of good discussion about the handling of the corner. In a previous design iteration we did design a stronger and more interesting corner, but the Planners and City Design Dept noted that tenements in this part of Dennistoun generally don't have corner features or bays - just a 90 degree line between one elevation and another, and requested that we do the same. There are some sites where you can challenge the Planners a bit more to produce something more interesting, but given that this went before the committee twice before it was approved, we really needed to have the Planners' full support in recommending it for approval, - hence the more conservative approach to the context. On the suggestion of the detailing being too simple: I hear you. We would have loved to have put in more detail in the string courses etc but there are limitations to the budget. Bearing in mind that the developer had to reduce the number of flats from 31 to 27, and Glasgow are now requiring Silver Active levels of thermal performance (with good reason - the city needs to reduce its CO2 footprint), there is a pressure on revenue and costs, so there has to be a balance of compromise to be reached. We try to do the best for each site, listen to the interests of all parties, and hopefully meet them in the middle as much as we can.
#7 Posted by Daniel on 30 Aug 2018 at 14:31 PM
Fewer flats but more parking - brilliant decision-making :|

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