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Necropolis apartments to offer unrivalled views of Glasgow's historic heart

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March 12 2021

Necropolis apartments to offer unrivalled views of Glasgow's historic heart

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. 

The apartments will stand as a 'strong formal response' to the historic environment
The apartments will stand as a 'strong formal response' to the historic environment
Wishart Street traces the route of the old Molendinar Burn
Wishart Street traces the route of the old Molendinar Burn

3 Comments

Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 13 Mar 2021 at 10:34 AM
Not one of their best efforts.
Some good / some not so good.
The projecting balconies are not good.
Panel detailing is heading for M8 / Sidney Opera House bad.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 13 Mar 2021 at 10:46 AM
Detailing on parking lacking.
Balcony railings -- big fail all round.
Micro market -- student doctors / nurses.

Design -- could do better.
Good quality filler but still some way to go.
Mat Hari
#3 Posted by Mat Hari on 14 Mar 2021 at 17:01 PM
Hopefully it will look better when it gets reclad 5 years after completion.

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