Green light for Glasgow block of flats

New Gorbals Housing Association has been granted planning permission for an eight-storey block of affordable flats.

Green light for Glasgow block of flats

Located at the junction of Laurieston Road and Crown Street, the 33 apartments consist of 11 one-bed and 22 two-bed properties.

Simon Metcalfe, head of development at New Gorbals Housing Association, told our sister publication Scottish Housing News: “We are delighted to have the approval of Glasgow City Council’s Planning Committee for our Northgate development.

“The project will provide 33 high quality properties, all for social rent by the Association. This will be a mix of 22 two bedroom flats, and 11 one bedroom flats. These new homes will help us in our continued efforts to meet housing demand in the Gorbals. With grant funding now secured from Glasgow City Council, we expect construction work to begin this autumn.

“Northgate will complete the Crown Street Regeneration Project after nearly 30 years of multi-agency partnership. The development will finally create the ‘place of arrival’, which was identified in the original masterplan for the area.”

Green light for Glasgow block of flats

Architects at Page\Park said the project will form the gateway to the Gorbals from Glasgow city centre

The practice said: “The project utilises a simple palette of materials including grey/buff stock brick and features a unique angular eaves line that creates a playful addition to the city skyline.

“The layout splays out to match the curvature of the adjacent Laurieston Road to maximise views back to the city and fill the long-standing gap site. A pre-cast concrete panel will include recessed lettering at the northern corner of the site, marking a formal entrance into the neighbourhood.”

Planners had recommended the application for approval as it went before Glasgow City Council’s planning applications committee meeting last month, but committee members were split over the decision and agreed to delay making a decision to allow further dialogue to take place with the applicant. The application was agreed unanimously last week.

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