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Developer embraces build to rent at massive Gorbals gap site

April 13 2021

Developer embraces build to rent at massive Gorbals gap site

Moves to deliver a major housing development in the Gorbals have taken a build to rent turn with Craighead Properties returning with revised proposals for the former Dixons Iron Foundry.

It is now proposed to build 356 'Glasgow Standard' flats, down from 384 units designed by Cooper Cromar which already have detailed consent, on a 5-hectare brownfield site stretching from Caledonia House to Crown Street Retail Park. With a commitment to let their circa 116sq/m properties at below market value and provide tenants with a choice of furniture packages, Craighead aim to rejuvenate a site that has lain fallow for over 25 years.

Each apartment will include a timber stud partition in bedroom two to allow ready conversion to a three-bed property if required. A sequence of urban blocks with a density of 70units/ha arranged around central amenity spaces will establish a new neighbourhood park with shared surface streets enlivened by vertical facing brick corners with balconies.

Amenity space will also front Cathcart Road, necessitated by the presence of underground utilities.

While previous applications have come to nought Craighead insist that this time will be different, stating: "There have been several attempts to develop this site however due to various circumstances no development has taken place. Craighead’s proposal is fully funded and should planning permission be granted by Glasgow City Council, the proposed development will commence as soon as practical with a continuous build programme until full on-site completion."

Craighead will commit to the ongoing maintenance of their properties, renewing kitchens, flooring and furniture on a rolling 7-10 year basis.


#1 Posted by Chris on 13 Apr 2021 at 09:13 AM
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 13 Apr 2021 at 09:50 AM
A meek, suburban, half-assed Stuy village. But after the motorway, the God forsaken bus depot and the ex-urban strip mall....I can't even bring myself to care.
#3 Posted by George on 13 Apr 2021 at 10:18 AM
Absolutely dire! Kitchens renewed every 7 years!! Tells us all we need to know about the quality of this development.

Zero aspiration here.
#4 Posted by Mick on 13 Apr 2021 at 10:41 AM
For Christ's sake. Stop building this crap. People deserve better
#5 Posted by HMR on 13 Apr 2021 at 10:51 AM

Where is the GCC Design Champions.
Ghetto King
#6 Posted by Ghetto King on 13 Apr 2021 at 11:10 AM
Another new Glasgow Ghetto brought to you by (fill in the blanks). What happened to all inspirational flats for the new up and coming young go getters. It seems, the builders of this masterplan think their products are not of sufficient quality of getting a mortgage if they are rent only. So, how long will these properties last?
#7 Posted by David on 13 Apr 2021 at 11:16 AM
I would urge everyone who has a negative opinion of this development to write to GCC planning dept to object. Zero aspiration for placemaking, totally disjointed and disconnected with the city and surrounding context of the Gorbals. It is an exciting time for this part of Glasgow right now with massive investment in New Laurieston and Tradeston and really high quality proposals, the developer should be building on this momentum rather than proposing such a dreadful housing development. Solid urban street facing blocks and proper streets. Let's hope GCC see sense and refuse.
#8 Posted by Peter on 13 Apr 2021 at 11:44 AM
See other visuals with European mainland-style white stripped pedestrian crossings. What's not good for outskirts of Sofia, Naples, Yekatierinburg or Marseille, it's obviously a god send for Glasgow.
6ft under
#9 Posted by 6ft under on 13 Apr 2021 at 18:55 PM
The least it could do is respect the Southern Necropolis. It's the only reason to be in that area.
Darren MacLennan
#10 Posted by Darren MacLennan on 13 Apr 2021 at 21:00 PM
A new low for Glasgow. Prey to God this goes down the pan where it belongs. Literally no redeeming qualities at all.
#11 Posted by Roddy_ on 14 Apr 2021 at 14:22 PM
A massively retrograde step for New Gorbals that seems to revel in ignoring just about every good principle established over 30 years of considered placemaking. God only knows... if this passes muster...
#12 Posted by AW on 14 Apr 2021 at 14:43 PM
Look at th size of these, they look over 1200 Sq/ft for mid market rent!!!..Nice looking images, think they look very interesting. Every user will have a balcony and office space, very post covid design. And look at the amount of green space around the forms. Too much negatively about this development especially as its privately funded.
#13 Posted by spike on 14 Apr 2021 at 15:17 PM
Why as part of the planning approval process were no units included for social rent as opposed to rents at below market value
Fat Bloke on Tour
#14 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 14 Apr 2021 at 15:26 PM
Chalk and cheese with the rest of the renewed Gorbals.

Compare and contrast with the previous design where there was a connection with its surroundings even if it came out of a corporate speak your weight design facility.

Circular firing squad design vibe -- very inward looking. It does not even attempt to deal with its environment and the colour is brown beige.

Plus the blurb attached to the proposal is just so needy and the dynamic bedroom USP is a wonder to behold -- just where is the door to this extra bedroom coming from?

OK it is filler but it is somewhat unworldly filler at best.
#15 Posted by JS on 14 Apr 2021 at 17:21 PM
Any info on who the architects are? No mention on the drawings or DAS? What happened to CCs scheme, consent was only granted last year?
#16 Posted by ur on 15 Apr 2021 at 08:13 AM
There is no agent for this scheme. Ediston Properties are going it alone (with Blyth & Blyth).

It supersedes CC’s application.
#17 Posted by Peter on 15 Apr 2021 at 11:19 AM
#15 - Previous iteration was signed by Cooper Cromar, which is new low for them too.
Isobel devlin
#18 Posted by Isobel devlin on 29 Apr 2021 at 14:44 PM
I represent people who live in Hutchison town and use the entrance on lawmoor access the retail park. This has now been closed and necessitates a long walk for the residents ,most of whom are elderly with no cars. Would it not be possible to leave a narrow pathway for access while building work goes on. ( whenever that may be).

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