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June 2 2020

Bridgeton office to residential scheme touted
A planning application has been filed for an office to residential conversion in Bridgeton, Glasgow, by Spectrum Properties and Jewitt & Wilkie Architects.
 
The former Job Centre at 9 Muslin Street is envisaged as playing host to 49 private rental apartments with minimal alterations carried out to the exterior 1980's-era fabric beyond the formation of new window openings.
 
Internally apartments will be accessed off a central circulation corridor resulting in most flats being single aspect.
 
In a statement, the applicant wrote: "Having carried out a review that balanced the extent of intervention with the benefit of the proposals, a residential conversion was agreed upon and on the basis that the level of residential amenity for private sale could not be achieved, a proposal for mid-market rent was considered the optimum solution for the site.
 
"The proposals require minimal structural intervention and provide 49 residential apartments in an area with little alternative other than housing associations, with long waiting lists."
 
More invasive approaches up to and including full demolition were investigated but discounted due to market conditions.
Other than a possible powerwash and some new windows the building will largely remain as is
Other than a possible powerwash and some new windows the building will largely remain as is
Stud partitions will carve out the office floorplates
Stud partitions will carve out the office floorplates

7 Comments

ArchTJW
#1 Posted by ArchTJW on 2 Jun 2020 at 16:27 PM
I'm presuming these flats are aimed at the minimalist market or perhaps people who have given away their worldly goods given that once again, storage space is 'forgotten' in a residential conversion.
If it goes ahead I hope there is some more thought put into how people will actually live in these apartments (internal corner flat's bedroom is dwarfs the living room????)
A Human
#2 Posted by A Human on 3 Jun 2020 at 08:55 AM
36m2 apartments??? You have got to be joking.
The kitchen-dining-living room is about the size of a parking space! How could anyone possibly live in there? Imagine having to self-isolate in rabbit hutch like that!
This is depressing and insulting to the value of humans. Take a long hard look at yourself Spectrum Properties and Jewitt & Wilkie.
Daniel
#3 Posted by Daniel on 3 Jun 2020 at 09:37 AM
Like the terrible office to resi conversions permitted in England under PD rights, this is clearly aimed at people with very little choice in the housing market. Exploitative and very little else. Hope the council kick it back.
Gee Whizz
#4 Posted by Gee Whizz on 3 Jun 2020 at 15:12 PM
36m2 flats?
Absolutely brutal. Shame on all involved.
Concerned Neighbour
#5 Posted by Concerned Neighbour on 3 Jun 2020 at 15:46 PM
For goodness sake. Please, please please planning this must go no further. Stupid idea, surely a doocot like that is against human rights. It's dark and dank as it is. Lazy exploitative nonsense perpetuating misfortune.
IndyNoo
#6 Posted by IndyNoo on 3 Jun 2020 at 16:53 PM
In the light of current situation across the water, this scheme is dark reminder of Glasgow's past with awful, cramped living conditions with little to no outdoor space and an expected price tag to maximise profits. It is horrific. Glasgow City Council and Designers - you must do better.
Swan Ronson
#7 Posted by Swan Ronson on 4 Jun 2020 at 09:00 AM
13m², north facing, single aspect living, kitchen and dining, (minus the dining) and no storage is criminal.

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