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Perth commissions feasibility study into St Catherine’s Square flats revamp

An ageing housing block on the edge of Perth city centre is to be regenerated to complement plans for a nearby £30 million cinema and shopping complex.

The Courier has reported that Perth and Kinross Council is planning an overhaul of St Catherine’s Square to ensure it fits in with the Mill Quarter development earmarked for neighbouring land. The authority also hopes to address concerns about a high number of empty, hard-to-fill properties.

The Mill Quarter project, which is scheduled to open next year, will feature a state-of-the-art multi-screen cinema, a mix of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as 58 new homes.

The development is being progressed by Expresso Property and will be built on the nearby Thimble Row car park.

The local authority is spending £7,650 on a feasibility study to support the “proposed regeneration and environmental improvement works” to all flats at St Catherine’s.

Glasgow-based ECD Architects have been tasked with carrying out the study and will report back to officers later this year.

Plans for the Mill Quarter project in Perth

Perth City Centre councillor Peter Barrett, who heads the authority’s housing committee, said: “The council is looking for proposals for the regeneration of St Catherine’s Square.

“Despite having a great High St location there is a high number of vacancies and the square is becoming harder to let. I believe there is real potential for regeneration and transformation here.”

The Lib Dem councillor added: “With Espresso Property’s multiplex-cinema, retail and restaurant development at Thimble Row, right opposite the flats and the improvements starting to take hold at St Paul’s, the time is right to consider how best to invest in the properties to further energise and re-animate this part of the city centre.

“I am looking forward to seeing the proposals in due course.”

St Catherine’s Square recently hit the headlines when Royal Mail said it would no longer deliver mail to all properties in the square following an assault on a female postal worker two years ago.

In recent years, some of the 54 flats have been used as emergency accommodation for the city’s homeless population.

Work starts on apartment project at Glasgow’s Park Quadrant

Park Quadrant, GlasgowExpresso Property and development partner Ambassador Developments (Park Quadrant) Ltd have announced the beginning of on-site works at a 98 apartment development in Glasgow’s West End.

Designed by architects Holmes Miller, Park Quadrant will complete the vision of the architect Charles Wilson’s concentric ringed design of a 19th century masterplan of the area. Building will complete in 2020 and will support up to 500 construction jobs.

Nick Robinson of Expresso Property said: “In conjunction with our development partners, we are pleased to announce that on-site works have now commenced for the highly sought-after Park Quadrant Residences. Being on site with construction underway underlines our commitment and confidence to deliver the development that will complete ‘the missing piece’ of Charles Wilson’s original Park Area masterplan.”

How the completed development will look

How the completed development will look

Stephen Hampshire of Expresso Property added: “We are delighted to announce today that the Park Quadrant development will support up to 500 construction jobs during the construction phase and will have a total end investment value of £53m.

“Expresso is funded to purchase schemes from £1m to £50m and we are actively looking to acquire further commercial, office, residential and retail development propositions. These may be currently on the market or direct approaches from company principals wishing to explore their thoughts and ideas.”

As well as Park Quadrant, York-based Expresso is investing in Perth’s new Mill Quarter leisure hub and a new mixed-use site at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

Expresso Property to make £100m investment in Scottish mixed development schemes

Nick Robinson and Stephen Hampshire  of Expresso Property

Nick Robinson and Stephen Hampshire of Expresso Property

Expresso Property Limited has announced a major investment in mixed development property schemes which will transform three significant sites in Glasgow and Perth, and is actively seeking further development opportunities.

The company said its portfolio will have an end investment value of £100 million and will support the creation of over 1000 Scottish new jobs.

York-based Expresso is investing in three major projects, at Park Quadrant Residences in Glasgow’s West End; Perth’s new leisure hub, Mill Quarter, and a new mixed-use site at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.

The company is also actively seeking further UK sites and is funded to purchase schemes ranging from £1m to £50m.

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Park Quadrant Residences will complete the missing piece of Park Circs

Designed by architects Holmes Miller and developed in conjunction with development partner, Park Quadrant Residences will complete the vision of the architect Charles Wilson’s concentric ringed design of a 19th century masterplan of the area. Building on site begins in Autumn 2017 and will complete in 2020, supporting up to 500 construction jobs. Park Quadrant will have a total end investment value of £53m.

Expresso Property has concluded missives on The Mill Quarter site, a new leisure hub at the heart of Perth, comprising a state of the art multi-screen cinema: a mix of bars; restaurants and speciality shops, a 205 space multi-storey car park and 58 new apartments. During the construction phase, the scheme will support 200 jobs, (107 direct construction jobs and 93 indirect supplier jobs), and will have an end investment value of £30m, creating around 126 new jobs in Perth on completion.

The Mill Quarter will 'transform Perth’s visitor destination offer'

The Mill Quarter will ‘transform Perth’s visitor destination offer’

The company said the scheme will be a catalyst for economic change in Perth and will significantly transform the city’s visitor destination offer. Construction works are due to commence in 2018 and is due for completion in summer 2019.

Expresso Property has also been named as the preferred developer by Scottish Enterprise, for a new mixed-use development at Pacific Quay Glasgow, comprising offices and shops overlooking the river basin. The development will sit adjacent to the Cineworld Cinema, Glasgow Imax at the Glasgow Science Centre, the BBC and STV. With an end investment value of circa £12m, Pacific Quay will accommodate over 400 new jobs.  Works begin on site in next year with completion due in 2019.

Nick Robinson of Expresso Property said: “Expresso is funded to purchase schemes ranging from £1m to £50m and we are delighted to announce that the Scottish schemes will support the creation of 1000 new jobs in Glasgow and Perth.”

Stephen Hampshire of Expresso Property added: “We have various UK schemes underway, three of which are major Scottish projects. We turn each development on its head and look at what design fits the site, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. By replicating this success across key UK cities, our schemes will regenerate vacant, floundering and under-utilised spaces to benefit residential, and business communities for people to enjoy and be proud of.

“We share information and ideas and our teams are actively looking to invest in sites from Bath and Bristol to Birmingham and the North of the UK. To include Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, York, Leeds, Dundee and Scotland. With funding now in place we are actively looking to acquire further commercial, office, residential and retail development propositions.

“These may be currently on the market or direct approaches from company principals wishing to explore their thoughts and ideas.”

Expresso Property concludes missives for £30m Perth leisure hub

(from left) Stephen Hampshire from Expresso Property; Cllr Ian Campbell; Callum Purves, vice convenor environmental enterprise and infrastructure committee at Perth & Kinross Council with  Nick Robinson and Ben Sherriff from Expresso Property

(from left) Stephen Hampshire from Expresso Property; Cllr Ian Campbell; Callum Purves, vice convenor environmental enterprise and infrastructure committee at Perth & Kinross Council with Nick Robinson and Ben Sherriff from Expresso Property

Work to develop on a new landmark mixed leisure scheme in Perth are due to commence next year after Expresso Property Ltd concluded missives on The Mill Quarter site.

Mill Quarter is a new leisure hub at the heart of the city comprising a state of the art multi-screen cinema, a mix of bars, restaurants and speciality shops as well as a 205 space multi-storey car park and 58 new apartments.

The scheme has been designed by Holmes Miller Architects.

During the construction phase, the scheme will support 200 jobs, (107 direct construction jobs and 93 indirect supplier jobs), and will have an end investment value of £30 million, creating around 126 new jobs in Perth on completion.

Nick Robinson of Expresso Property, the developer of The Mill Quarter, said: “We are delighted to announce we have concluded missives for The Mill Quarter site from Perth and Kinross Council. The next stage is to obtain planning and we hope to apply shortly in the hope that construction works will begin in the first half of 2018.”

Stephen Hampshire of Expresso Property added: “With the support of Perth and Kinross Council, Invest in Perth and designers of the scheme Holmes Miller Architects, we are pleased to be providing this new landmark leisure hub and also to play our part in creating over 300 jobs. The Mill Quarter development is a catalyst for change that will drive Perth’s economic growth and give the city’s residents a brand new leisure destination to be proud of.”

The Mill Quarter will 'transform Perth’s visitor destination offer'

The Mill Quarter will ‘transform Perth’s visitor destination offer’

Councillor Ian Campbell, leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The Mill Quarter development is an exciting opportunity to develop and enhance Perth’s leisure offering for residents and visitors, and I’m pleased to see the project reach this milestone. Expresso Property has identified the city as a positive location for growth and investment, and this sends out an important signal to existing and potential investors that Perth is the place to be.”

Located in the heart of City of Perth, The Mill Quarter will also offer immediate access to the city’s main transport links as well as several bus routes and is within easy walking distance from its main retail and leisure zones.

York-based Expresso Property is currently developing Park Quadrant Residences, a 98-apartment development in Glasgow’s West End, in conjunction with its development partner Ambassador Developments (Park Quadrant) Ltd.

It has also been named by Scottish Enterprise as the preferred developer for a new mixed-use development at Pacific Quay.

The company is looking to acquire further commercial, residential, retail, development propositions and offices, from Bath and Bristol to Birmingham to include Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester, York, Leeds and all major cities in Scotland.

Work to start on ‘missing piece’ at Glasgow’s Park Circus

SML Park Quadrant CGI (2)Detailed plans for the completion of the missing link at Glasgow’s Park Circus have been released to coincide with work getting underway on 98 apartments next month.

Park Quadrant Residences will see Expresso Property complete the original 19th century masterplan of concentric rings conceived by Charles Wilson by infilling the final plot of land with new flats.

Due to a lack of funding the plans were halted before they were finished and the area has since been undeveloped.

Showcasing 98 apartments and penthouses, the development has been thoughtfully designed to match the height and aesthetic of the original plans for the area with its historic high-quality architecture often heralded as the finest example of Victorian townscape in the city. Natural sandstone will be used to complement the palette of materials used within Park Circus, while the roof re-invents the grand architecture of nearby Park Terrace.

SML Park Quadrant CGI (3)

In 1851, architect Charles Wilson developed proposals for a public park, which was to become Kelvingrove Park, along with a masterplan for a concentric pattern of streets at Woodland Hill. In 1854, the plan was changed to include the inner ring of terraces, Park Circus, along with the outer ring of Park Terrace and Park Quadrant.

In Peter Reed’s book, ‘Glasgow: The Forming of the City’ which traces the city’s architectural history from its merchant origins, there is an analogy of Park Circus as having two distinct characters; “An introverted inner ring, Park Circus, with a subtle, quiet, but grand, elevation treatment, with no dominant hierarchy or expressed roofscape, and a flamboyant, extravert outer ring, Park Terrace and Park Quadrant, with an exciting variety, richness of features, and strong hierarchy through extruded townhouses, bay window positioning, and a dramatic roofscape enriched with expressed French style attic roofs. This outer personality is what has driven our approach to skyline and roofscape, completing the ‘crown’ of Park District from all directions.”

The majority of the Park Quadrant portion of the dramatic outer ring was never developed. This was mainly due to funding and people moving further west towards Dowanhill and Hyndland.

Park Quadrant as it stands today

Park Quadrant as it stands today

Gordon Coster, director at Expresso Property Park Quadrant Limited, said the new one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, duplex and penthouses will combine classic and contemporary interior design.

He added: “We are very proud to be completing this missing piece in Glasgow’s history with the development of Park Quadrant Residences. These new homes will be some of the most luxurious in the country and our aim is that the development will be something that the whole community will be proud of.”

David Gardner, architect at Holmes Miller, said: “The Park Quadrant Residences have been designed to celebrate being part of the completed masterplan, whilst having their own confident architectural language. The design creates a subtle contemporary reinterpretation of various key elements including the window proportions, stonework detail and feature entrances. We believe Park Quadrant Residences are a fitting tribute to Charles Wilson’s original plans and a crowning jewel in the Park area.”

Works will begin towards the end of June.

Perth’s £30m Mill Quarter plans move forward

Mill Quarter PerthCouncillors have approved proposals to develop a major gap site in Perth city centre into a new leisure, retail and housing development.

Designed by Holmes Miller, the £30 million Mill Quarter development will comprise of restaurants and bars, speciality shops, a cinema, gyms, housing, and a multi storey car park on the site of the Thimblerow car park.

An updated report on the plans by Expresso Property was today considered by members of Perth & Kinross Council’s strategic policy & resources committee.

A spokesperson for Perth & Kinross Council said: “Members of the Strategic Policy & Resources Committee of Perth & Kinross Council today welcomed an update on the progress developing the landmark Thimblerow site in the heart of the City of Perth. The site, which is being developed by Expresso Property and will be known as the Mill Quarter, will establish a mix of restaurants, speciality shops, a multi-screen cinema, housing, and a multi-storey car park. Expresso Property have previously submitted a Proposal of Application Notice for the site, and are now close to finalising a detailed planning application for submission.

“Committee members have also backed proposals for the council to lease and manage the 201-space multi-storey car park within the site. In line with the recent renovations to South Inch and Canal Street multi-storey car parks the new 201-space Mill Quarter car park will follow the pay-on-exit model.”

A spokesperson for Expresso Property said: “We are delighted that our scheme at The Mill Quarter has now got the go ahead from Perth & Kinross Council, and with their support we look forward to pushing forward as soon as possible. Providing a major new leisure facility for the City comprising a state of the art cinema with restaurants, over 200 parking spaces and 58 apartments we hope to be in a position to submit a planning application during the next few months, targeting a scheme opening late spring 2019.”

Park Quadrant sale paves way for almost 100 new Glasgow homes

Park Quadrant Aerial2Glasgow City Council has approved the sale of land in the city’s Park Quadrant, paving the way for the development of almost 100 homes at the site.

City Property (Glasgow) LLP, on behalf of the council, announced the £5.7 million sale of an area of land in the area adjacent to Kelvingrove Park.

Consent for the residential apartments was granted by the planning authority in August with work expected to begin on site in the near future.

The area has, until now, been a vacant green space with some 160 locals fighting against the development. Among the objectors was the Gothe institute, the German cultural institute on nearby Park Circus, which branded the plans as “inappropriate” and “clumsy”.

Concerns have also been raised about the loss of greenspace, loss of privacy, noise and air pollution. It was also argued that the proposed development of flats was out of keeping with the character of the area.

Park Quadrant Aerial1The purchaser of the land, Expresso Property (Park Quadrant) Ltd, a joint venture between Expresso Property and Ambassador Group, reduced initial plans for the £35m project from 111 properties after residents’ views were taken into consideration.

The revised proposals also included redesigning the main entrance porches, size of balconies and rear stairwells. Expresso said the single curving, six storey block will match the height of architect Charles Wilson’s original plans for the site.

Confirming the sale, Pauline Barclay, managing director of City Property, said: “The sale of this site forms the final missing piece of Park Quadrant in what was the creation of 19th century Scottish architect, Charles Wilson and one of the most iconic of Glasgow’s Victorian Cityscapes. Throughout the process we have been stringent in our approach to ensure any new development is in keeping with the special character of the area and in meeting these requirements I am delighted to confirm Expresso Property (Park Quadrant) Ltd are the successful purchaser in a deal that has generated a minimum £5.7m capital receipt for the council.”

Glasgow approves plans for nearly 100 West End homes

Park QuadrantPlans to build almost 100 homes at Park Quadrant in the West End of Glasgow have been given the green light.

Expresso Property intends to create 98 flats at the A-listed Victorian development overlooking Kelvingrove park.

Initial plans for the £35 million project were reduced from 111 properties after residents’ views were taken into consideration. The revised proposals also include redesigning the main entrance porches, size of balconies and rear stairwells. Expresso said the single curving, six storey block will match the height of architect Charles Wilson’s original plans for the site.

Members of Glasgow City Council’s planning committee visited the Park Quadrant development site before returning to the City Chambers to consider the application.

Eleven members voted in favour of the proposals while five voted against after a debate lasting two and a half hours.

The local authority received more than 170 letters of objection from locals and around 80 letters of support. Concerns were raised over the number of flats on the site, the quality of design and the impact on the listed buildings in the Park conservation area

Planning bosses, who had recommended the scheme be approved, said it would preserve the special character of the conservation area.

They also insisted it corresponded with Charles Wilson’s never-realised plans for the site and preserved the character and special interest of the adjacent listed buildings.

A report to councillors said: “The existing site does little to contribute to the historic character of the area, being unused for 30 years, overgrown and with invasive species self seeding on site.”

Glasgow City Council sold the land to Leeds-based Expresso Property for £6.2m. The developer said up to 500 construction jobs will be supported by the project.

Working in partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises and with architects Holmes Miller, the developer will provide a mix of high quality housing to suit a cross-section of markets with a variety of apartments

Nick Robinson, co-director of Expresso Property, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the best addresses in Glasgow. One of the key concepts throughout the evolution of the design was to create a luxury, high-end product that forged a dynamic link between old and new. The design follows the original approach within the area, to celebrate the very best standards of living and their relationship to their park-land setting and the wonderful urban spaces of Park District.”

German government wades in to £35m Glasgow flats project

Park QuadrantThe German government has objected to plans for 98 homes at Park Quadrant in the West End of Glasgow.

A planning application for the £35 million project was lodged last month by Leeds-based developer Expresso Property, which acquired the land overlooking Kelvingrove Park from Glasgow City Council for £6.2m.

However Angela Merkel’s representative in Scotland has expressed his opposition to the plans which he branded “inappropriate” and “clumsy”.

In a letter to Glasgow City on behalf of the German government, the German consul general in Scotland, Jens-Peter Voss, claimed that the building work would impact on diplomatic functions at the neighbouring Goethe Institute, Germany’s cultural institute in Scotland.

The institute runs language courses for hundreds of students every year as well as lectures, exhibitions and other cultural functions.

Staff at the institute and at Alliance Francaise, a private higher education establishment teaching French which occupies the same building, are said to be strongly opposed to the plans.

The city council has received more than 200 formal objections to the £35m proposed development.

Mr Voss said the town houses at two and three Park Circus were represented by the German Consulate under international law and he feared their functions would be negatively affected by noise and air pollution from the building project.

He said the scale of the proposed six-storey development would intrude upon the privacy of students, visitors and staff at the Goethe Institute.

A report commissioned by Mr Voss on behalf of the institute said it benefits from a central location in one of the most prestigious conservation areas of Glasgow, chosen because it accords with the institute’s “noise sensitive”activities.

The report states: “This peace is likely to be disrupted very significantly during construction, to the point where the Goethe Institute and the Alliance Francaise may not be able to fulfil their functions satisfactorily.

“Increased noise can also be expected from the occupants of the proposed 98 flats, and associated equipment, such as fans, heat pumps, etc.

“The Goethe Institute will also suffer from a reduction in air quality resulting from the mature parkland being removed and replaced by a large underground car park ventilated towards Park Circus Lane, its garden ground and rear elevation.”

Councillors are due to rule on the latest proposals next month.

Revised housing plan lodged for Glasgow’s West End

Park QuadrantA planning application for 98 homes at Park Quadrant in the West End of Glasgow has been submitted to the city’s council.

Initial plans for the A-listed Victorian development were reduced from 111 properties after residents’ views were taken into consideration. The revised proposals also include redesigning the main entrance porches, size of balconies and rear stairwells.

The land overlooking Kelvingrove park was sold by Glasgow City Council to Leeds-based Expresso Property for £6.2 million.

The developer said up to 500 construction jobs could be supported if the £35m plans are approved.

Park Quadrant as it stands today

Park Quadrant as it stands today

Nick Robinson, co-director of Expresso Property, said: “This is undoubtedly one of the best addresses in Glasgow.

“One of the key concepts throughout the evolution of the design was to create a luxury, high-end product that forged a dynamic link between old and new.

“The design follows the original approach within the area to celebrate the very best standards of living and their relationship to their park-land setting and the wonderful urban spaces of Park District.”

More than 1000 people have signed a petition against the development, saying the plans would “destroy one of Europe’s finest areas for built heritage”.

Campaign group Park and Woodland Heritage said: “We think the council is trying to cash-in on a valuable asset because it’s struggling for cash in the current economic climate.

“We understand times are hard but you don’t flog the family silver at the bottom of the market.

“We believe that the proposal has little support and is a bad deal for the people of Glasgow.”