West end flats proposal meets resistance
September 26 2018
A bid to build twelve flats on the site of a café at North Claremont Street in Glasgow’s west end has sparked some resistance from those who already live in the area, fearful of the proposed shift in scale.
Under the plans a single storey restaurant, stub of a four-storey tenement which once filled the plot, will be swept away in favour of a seven-storey sandstone and zinc block topped by a mansard roof.
A number of critics have already lodged their objections however, pointing to everything from the loss of hedgehog habitat to the scale and design of the new build in an effort to head-off the proposed plans.
One nearby resident, mary Murphy, wrote: “The design, increased size, massing and materiality of the proposed development will be detrimental to the character and setting of the beautiful, historical listed buildings of Royal Crescent and Terrace and does not in any way enhance the character of the Park Conservation area. It is a modern carbuncle!”
It is understood that the ground floor unit previously served as a pub in the 19th century.
a clear sign of overdevelopment. Apart from that it's a solid enough scheme, albeit a bit meh...
What I would call it is a city centre site. In this case, how on earth can residents expect to live in a city and object to a new building on the basis of height and, as pointed out above, parking?
City living is, or should be, about density. Nothing will change, indeed atrophy, if a city is constrained to 3 storeys plus a roof with some parking underneath.
And we end up with a gimped sheme like this by trying to pander to these people by adding 2 storeys in zinc to look like a roof then come off as unprofessional when the result is the above.
Do are a fine practice with a good portfolio - let them design the correct building.
And why are there fake brick infilled windows on the gables? That just looks weird, adding to the impression it is a conversion.
(note prominent gables are buff brick, not stone)
Consequently pretty poor design fronting up to a bit of 60's office nonsense across the road. however the design is poor and needs a bit of improving.
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