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Barras earmarked for 32 mid-market rent homes

September 5 2018

Barras earmarked for 32 mid-market rent homes

The Wheatley Group are seeking planning consent for the creation of 32 flats for mid-market rent close to The Barras in Glasgow’s east end.

A 1,860sq/m surface car park bounded by Great and Little Dovehill Streets has been earmarked for the build which seeks to draw the area closer to the Merchant City by infilling land which has remained vacant since demolition of Dovehill Public School in 1989.

In a statement John Gilbert Architects wrote: “The proposals provide a suitable density for the site, a strong frontage to Bell Street whilst taking into account the need for amenity space, parking and public space.

“We’ve considered the height required to complement the neighbouring seven storey building, keeping an urban character whilst stepping down along Little Dovehill Street to complement the tenement on Gallowgate. Along Great Dovehill Street, we have used the roof line to add height and so tie in with the neighbouring seven storey building successfully.”

Glasgow City Council is currently undertaking a range of public realm enhancements to the area under the Calton Barras Action Plan.

An open courtyard defers to a C-listed tenement to the south
An open courtyard defers to a C-listed tenement to the south


Jezza Alexander
#1 Posted by Jezza Alexander on 5 Sep 2018 at 14:17 PM
Excerpt from Design statement:

"Based on the massing we have developed an architectural language for the scheme based on robust materials, simple detailing and elegant proportions. The key elements are complementary bricks, bronze / olive metal panels and dark window frames. We’ve used these to create rhythm, depth in the facade and to tie together the various buildings within the whole urban block."

Must have uploaded to the wrong elevations.
#2 Posted by Sven on 5 Sep 2018 at 16:22 PM
This is one of the oldest parts of the city and could do with a lot of investment and dare I say some traditional architecture. High Street has been destroyed with ugly flats, looks like another part of the city being replaced with more mediocrity.
Sue Pearman
#3 Posted by Sue Pearman on 6 Sep 2018 at 09:21 AM
Gholami Baines did some interesting stuff in that area a few years ago - this by contract looks real bottom end, with very little articulation, small windows and presumably the basic 'buff brick' that haunts such developments from the 80's. Such a shame for a really promising location.

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