Developer embraces build to rent at massive Gorbals gap site
April 13 2021
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.
Zero aspiration here.
Where is the GCC Design Champions.
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.
It supersedes CC’s application.
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