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Evolving Finnieston foundry plans shift towards residential

July 29 2021

Evolving Finnieston foundry plans shift towards residential

Haus Collective, acting on behalf of Nevis Properties, has launched a public consultation over proposals to replace a former Brass Foundry building at 131 Minerva Street, Glasgow, with new homes.

Situated at the junction with West Greenhill Place the indicative plans call for the industrial survivor to be replaced with a T-plan block facing Minerva Street and two south-facing amenity decks at differing levels, not an L-plan student block as first envisaged.

In a statement, the applicant wrote: "The simple response to the site would be to develop an L-shaped block with massing fronting both the Minerva Street and West Greenhill Place boundaries. We are however concerned by the potential challenge this presents on massing affecting density, and indeed the quality of amenity space as a result of shading from the massing itself.

"In response to this, south-facing external amenity spaces are positioned at the corner and along Greenhill Place, enjoying elevated views across the river."

Accommodation will range from 50.8sq/m one bedroom flats through to a 107sq/m three-bed apartment. 

New homes are earmarked for a burgeoning corner of the city, well placed for transport connections
New homes are earmarked for a burgeoning corner of the city, well placed for transport connections
The development necessitates demolition of this former brass foundry
The development necessitates demolition of this former brass foundry


#1 Posted by Anon on 29 Jul 2021 at 11:21 AM
Surely and 'L' shaped building hard to both street edges is the most appropriate solution?
Annoyed person
#2 Posted by Annoyed person on 29 Jul 2021 at 11:41 AM
Is it absolutely necessary that they need this intersection where a building already sits? What about the vacant wasteland that maroons it?
#3 Posted by Steppish on 29 Jul 2021 at 12:19 PM
#2 because the don't own the wasteland i'd guess. Why do people always say things like that on these articles? It's not simcity - you can't just choose where to build, you need to own the land.
#4 Posted by Anon2 on 29 Jul 2021 at 12:27 PM
There has been so much redevelopment of the area since the motorway that some of these buildings have lost all context and appear ripe for redevelopment.
#5 Posted by Anon2 on 29 Jul 2021 at 13:43 PM
I lived in Minerva St for a few years and some parts lack any cohesion and definition. It's a shame that this building is earmarked for demolition but if redevelopment can help address these issues it may be worth it. A big block of flats on its own probably isn't going to deliver that though.
#6 Posted by Chris on 29 Jul 2021 at 14:41 PM
With a bit of imagination you could easily save that building. Strip it back to its original brick and use brick cladding on the new build elements to blend them together.
#7 Posted by JPM on 29 Jul 2021 at 16:11 PM
#1 But then you would have the amenity space away from the light which would become a dank listless place and unused. Chance of doing something better facing South...
Paul Sweeney MSP
#8 Posted by Paul Sweeney MSP on 3 Aug 2021 at 15:04 PM
As a local Member of the Scottish Parliament and a Board Member of Glasgow City Heritage Trust, I strongly object to the proposed demolition of the brass foundry building.

Although currently unlisted, it makes a positive contribution to the streetscape and has considerable local heritage value. If sensitively restored to its original brick facade, it would add to the amenity of the scheme and could enable flexible use of the site for commercial or community activity.

This could be compensated for commercially by increasing the density of the new build elements on the remainder of the site. If retention of this building is not included in the final proposal submitted for planning consent, I intend to formally object to the Glasgow City Council Planning Committee and Scottish Ministers, because the proposal as presented is in breach of City Development Plan policies CDP 1 (Placemaking Principle), CDP 2 (Sustainable Spatial Strategy) and CDP 3 (Historic Environment).
#9 Posted by Donnie on 4 Aug 2021 at 11:10 AM
Good to see an MSP engaging in the debate on UR and I agree with the comments made. Unnecessary removal of the city's rich industrial heritage - especially where it has and can continue to be adapted to modern uses.
#10 Posted by Gordon on 6 Aug 2021 at 08:54 AM
Hopefully planning and conservation officers will step up to the mark this time. And hopefully the politicians will take their advice. Ironic that the SNP is overseeing the trashing of the historic buildings of Glasgow.
Ian R Mitchell
#11 Posted by Ian R Mitchell on 2 Dec 2022 at 14:26 PM
Cotra Mr Sweeny this building is Listed, B, and has been since 1988 Vide infra. Demlition would be a crime.

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