Necropolis apartments to offer unrivalled views of Glasgow's historic heart
March 12 2021
A consultation has opened into proposals to build 79 double-banked private rental apartments on industrial land at 148 Wishart Street overlooking Glasgow Necropolis towards the Cathedral.
Led by Calmont and Elder & Cannon Architects the proposal will meet the street with a ground-floor amenity and co-working space set on a raised plinth, with a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom properties stacked above.
The key southern elevation will be generously glazed behind a frame of projecting balconies and a seventh-floor roof terrace will make the most of southerly views across the A-listed Necropolis.
Rising directly above the culverted Molendinar Burn the development will require structural strengthening and groundworks with the footprint drawing back from the eastern and southern boundaries to provide a raised courtyard above the public footpath, accessible from the principal entrance off Firpark Street.
In a statement of design intent Elder & Cannon wrote: "This plinth marries with the footpath levels at the north end where it also allows for a more generous arrival area under recessed cover as part of a sequence of approach at the principal entrance. It then extends along the public footpath as a raised planter at the base of the street elevation which is activated by the fully glazed wall of the social meeting space, and at the south end between the gable and the cemetery railing becomes a courtyard wall and discreet gate to the courtyard steps behind.
"The proposal will look to provide a strong formal response to its historic environment and attempt to mediate as an object building belonging to the street level and contributing to the everyday life of the city and its urban form while engaging in a new dialogue with the remembrance garden of headstones and tombs of the Necropolis that rise beyond."
Representations must be filed no later than 12 April with a detailed planning application expected to follow in the summer.
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