Glasgow’s Acre House could be restored under new housing proposals

A new housing development has been proposed for Glasgow’s historic Acre House.

Aleftav and Mosaic Architecture & Design have submitted an application to deliver 69 new homes within the grounds of the 1.5-acre site.

Under the plans, five homes would be created in the grade C-listed main house and stables with an additional four blocks containing 64 flats.

Built around 1860 as a private residence, Acre House has lain empty since 2004 and has suffered numerous break-ins, vandalism and several fires which have destroyed the roof and entire interior layout. Only the external walls remain in place.

A statement submitted by Mosaic Architecture and Design explained: “The concept is focused on the design of a new neighbourhood quarter which sensitively blends new with old and opens up to the existing community of Acre in Maryhill.

“Our client aims to deliver a unique, low-energy, high-quality, residential development that will support, connect, and reinforce the existing small close-knit community of Acre.

“This development aspires to deliver quality architecture and urban design that will bring new families to the area and establish new connections to the surrounding communities.”

The statement added: “Acre House makes an important contribution to the character of the area, but the dereliction and abandonment of the property and grounds has had an adverse impact on the amenity of the surrounding streets.

“Our proposal seeks to retain as much of the existing heritage structures that is safe to do so and the development represents the best chance of protecting and minimising the adverse impact on Acre House.

“By retaining and restoring Acre House, we will create a sense of place which points to the Victorian past whilst providing new, high quality homes.”

Heritage architect Peter Drummond and DWA landscape architects are assisting with the build.

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