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Slender apartments narrow down the options for a West End gap site

October 28 2021

Slender apartments narrow down the options for a West End gap site

Elder & Cannon Architects have drawn up plans for a block of 10 apartments on a brownfield site at Kelbourne Street in Glasgow's West End.

HJV Consultants have selected the brownfield site for a slender seven-storey build to slot into a narrow plot alongside adjacent Botanic Apartments on land which has lain fallow since the 1980s owing to subsidence.

Last occupied by a church the site is considered an opportunity for high-density housing adjacent to a play park, resulting in a brick build topped by a rooftop amenity deck for communal use.

Fronting Kelbourne Street with a stacked array of cantilevered galvanised steel balconies with blank gables to either side.

Accommodation will include two-bedroom 96.9sq/m duplex apartments with a mezzanine study space as well as one-bedroom flats.

All apartments will have access to their own outdoor space
All apartments will have access to their own outdoor space
The problematic site has lain derelict for four decades
The problematic site has lain derelict for four decades


#1 Posted by Daniel on 28 Oct 2021 at 10:55 AM
Comments on this one will be fun.
#2 Posted by Daniel on 28 Oct 2021 at 10:59 AM
Also - if ever there were an argument for better public sector intervention in the land market, it's this silly little plot coming forward next to what appears to be another one that is about four times the size but with zero connectivity/continuity between the schemes. Bravo!
#3 Posted by SM on 28 Oct 2021 at 11:29 AM
The site was for sale by City Property last year even though Kelvin Properties / Nevis Properties had been in Pre App consultation the year before and then submitted their full application by Haus which included this site even though they obviously missed out on it. I guess we are in the realms of Ransom now. Fun and games!!
#4 Posted by Peter on 28 Oct 2021 at 13:33 PM
"Oops, oh no,
What's am I gonna do?
This is a disaster and I don't know what to do!
Oops, oh no
I have not got a clue,
This is a disaster, what's am I gonna do?

Oops, I'm gonna mixed it up,
Now I'm gonna clean it up

Sort it out or make it up,
Fix it now or tidy up!

Oops, oh no,
Oops, oh no,
Oops, oh no no no..."
Stephen Anderson
#5 Posted by Stephen Anderson on 28 Oct 2021 at 14:09 PM
You have got to be joking me. That is by far the worst application I have seen in the past few years.
#6 Posted by Daniel on 28 Oct 2021 at 16:09 PM
#3 - excellent insider knowledge. Very good that the Council will spend a large amount of officer time on a scheme that will never actually come forward.
#7 Posted by MV on 28 Oct 2021 at 18:04 PM
Ok, it looks odd sitting on its own, but I actually quite like it!
#8 Posted by DF on 29 Oct 2021 at 14:41 PM
Where to start with this design.
The building itself looks out of place and misses so many of the councils LDP policies but I will let the planners deal with that.

Architecturally what were they thinking, the bin store at the front entrance, that should always be a BIG No. This means as you come out of your new £250K home and you walk by smelly bins every day madness. Also, the building is so skinny how would anyone even begin to furnish these spaces? I understand the council look for amenity space and to have so little really begs the question of why did they even try?

Parking lets go there next there isn’t any, enough said.

I think that the planners should refuse this straight away and then charge the applicant for the inconvenience.
town planner
#9 Posted by town planner on 31 Oct 2021 at 00:20 AM
I like the design, and the green infrastructure too, do you think they could stretch to a second tree?
#10 Posted by BCO on 5 Nov 2021 at 15:58 PM
Scheme looks interesting, but one look at the plans shows that little conisideration has been given to technical compliance:
- Unventilated lobby space off of lift landing?
- Dry riser?
- How do you accommodate the stair lift overrun on the duplexes with the return stair configuration (clue- you can't)?
Looks a complete load of old garbage.
Arthur Fairfull
#11 Posted by Arthur Fairfull on 22 Nov 2021 at 17:26 PM
Yes, as #3 says, this site was already included in the earlier, larger proposal - so perhaps the issues with this new proposal are somewhat academic. But given the issues with parking and overshadowing (which caused the Council's own Neighbourhood Services Parks department to object last time) hopefully there could yet be a completely new low-rise scheme identified for this plot. A scheme which would enhance, rather than detract from, the local environment - and which would comply with the worthy objectives of the City Development Plan...
Maryhill Hairy
#12 Posted by Maryhill Hairy on 20 Jan 2022 at 18:27 PM
This applies was refused on 23 December 2021.
Mary Hill
#13 Posted by Mary Hill on 23 Jan 2022 at 20:07 PM
Please GCC just make it a park and let the children play. Once the new school opens it will used by many families collecting children.

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