Airdrie department store set to shut up shop for good
September 26 2019
North Lanarkshire Council is being asked to consent to the demolition of a historic department store in Airdrie town centre after its owners declared that the structure was beyond commercial repair.
Wilson Developments with Darnton B3 Architecture are seeking to completely demolish the structure and erect a like-for-like facsimile of ‘similar character and design merit’, delivering 20 flats above ground-floor retail.
This will see neoclassical details replicated with reconstituted stone with a render finish matching the current appearance. An inhabited mansard roof will be finished in natural slate.
In a statement, the applicant wrote: “Orrs Department Store ceased trading in 2007 and has lain vacant ever since. It has deteriorated to the extent that it is now on the Buildings at Risk Register. The fabric condition is bad enough that demolition and rebuilding is the only commercially viable option to bring the site back into use.
“A conscious effort has been made to retain the character and presence of the original building which contributes to the definition and character of South Bridge Street and the wider conservation area.”
The unlisted building sits within the heart of the towns central conservation area and its condition was described as ‘fair’ in 2014.
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