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June 4 2019

Glasgow’s east end reaches out to city centre

Dennistoun in Glasgow’s east end is poised to inch further toward the city centre with a proposal for 252 one and two-bedroom flats for mid-market rent on the site of the city’s former Bellgrove Meat Market, Duke Street.

Designed by JTP on behalf of the Home Group the build would be situated on the northernmost slice of the 1.5-hectare brownfield site, largely demolished in 2007, by stretching linearly along Duke Street via a traditional tenement-style frontage and a solitary ground floor commercial unit at the junction of Bellgrove Street.

Two separate blocks will create a strong street frontage, elevated at key corners, with 20 wheelchair-accessible properties located elsewhere on the ground floor while stairwells punch above the roofline in the manner of chimneys.

130 parking spaces will also be offered on land to the rear.

Explaining their design approach JTP wrote in a statement: “The Bellgrove Street frontage has been deliberately pulled back from the existing street line to create an aspect north to Westercraigs and the listed buildings on the corner of Duke Street.

“… we have located two detached apartment blocks either side of the central avenue. Set back from the pavement edge by a privacy strip of soft landscaping, the buildings continue the line set by the Duke Street gables. This is enhanced by the inclusion of a brickwork colonnade which defines the line in the gap between the buildings, also signalling the entrance to the rear courtyards.”

A wider masterplan for the remainder of the Meat Market sets out a range of public realm improvements including new vehicle and pedestrian routes as well as a large linear park.


#1 Posted by spikebrown on 4 Jun 2019 at 12:04 PM
hope this progresses
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 4 Jun 2019 at 16:10 PM
much needed filler in that area.
Hopefully the start of something much bigger.

Needs a more substantial ground floor presence -- more shops would have been good to add a bit of street dynamic.

Not sure on the car park rationing -- as the area develops and wages rise more people will want access to personal transport.
Neil C
#3 Posted by Neil C on 5 Jun 2019 at 09:06 AM
Solid and impressive proposals for one of the many, many gap sites either side of Bellgrove Station. Get it built!
#4 Posted by Charlie_ on 5 Jun 2019 at 12:36 PM
First reaction: delight to finally see movement on this site. Second: why so little retail and why not proper, closed perimeter block? Recurring flaws in recent large residential schemes in Glasgow.
cough cough
#5 Posted by cough cough on 5 Jun 2019 at 13:37 PM
#2 FBoT..showing your age there son. the younger folk that will live here are not a car owning generation..they use uber, lyft. and there are vacant shop units just along the road....
#6 Posted by MIK1000 on 5 Jun 2019 at 14:18 PM
Not sure if more shops would be a good idea. high chance of them going out of business and lying derelict
Fat Bloke on Tour
#7 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 5 Jun 2019 at 17:24 PM
#5 They say that about every generation then they get some responsibilities and it is back to normal. If houses / flats in Glasgow do not have parking then there will be an exodus out to the suburbs where they can tarmac over their gardens. Other European cities spend a lot of money putting in the investment needs to support car ownership in flatted developments -- we are a bit low rent in that we either don't do it at all or we make it surface parking if we do.

Fat Bloke on Tour
#8 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 5 Jun 2019 at 17:27 PM
#6 -- Shops lying empty?

I will have a look the next time I pass but Duke Street always looks pretty busy and the increase in the population will help generate the customer base for more shops.

At least Duke Steer is starting to close the gap to the city centre. The student filler to the west has also been a big help.
#9 Posted by Dave on 21 May 2020 at 15:54 PM
They should be looking to create more public spaces, maybe a square with shops and cafes not just more housing. What a waste.

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