Green light for 100 apartments at former Gorbals mill

Green light for 100 apartments at former Gorbals mill

Plans to deliver a residential development involving B-listed former mill buildings in the Gorbals have been granted planning permission.

Westpoint Homes and CRGP will now convert the Twomax premises on Old Rutherglen Road at Commercial Road. Construction of a new block of flats will also take place on the site of a recently demolished former health facility.

In all, 100 apartments will be provided at the site, which includes the oldest surviving iron‐framed mill in Glasgow.

A design statement submitted with the application, which followed public engagement during February, explained: “The aim of the development is to rejuvenate the Twomax building and create a new frontage onto Commercial Road with new-build flats, supported by a green open amenity space within the block for residents.

“The development is proposed to provide 100 units, which is made up of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.

“The current consent provided 92 units. The new proposal creates 100 apartments and a commercial unit, within the massing parameters of the existing consent. Forty-five units are proposed in the new-build elements of the scheme, which is six more than previously.”

Green light for 100 apartments at former Gorbals mill

The statement added: “The corner of Old Rutherglen Road and Commercial Road is one of the key aspects the new-build element of the proposal has to address.

“This is a prominent corner across from the Gorbals Rose Garden, and with the shop located on the ground floor at this point, it is important to create a strong relationship with the street.

“Our proposal steps away from the form of the Twomax saw-tooth roof, and, as such, the new design is less dominant and gives more emphasis to the Twomax building.”

The document adds: “The original application was submitted in January 2017, and whilst the application was approved, there are a number of significant conditions, (37 in total) some of which can only be dealt with via a new application.

“This new application seeks to address and resolve these conditions, whilst improving accessibility, affordablility, new-build aesthetics and amenity space.”

A previous plan designed by ZM Architecture was approved by Glasgow City Council in 2021.

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