Kelvin Properties gets green light for Glasgow build to rent apartments

Kelvin Properties has gained planning permission to demolish an old warehouse in Cranstonhill and deliver 34 build to rent apartments in a 12-storey block.

Kelvin Properties gets green light for Glasgow build to rent apartments

The application lodged on the developer’s behalf by Holmes Miller at 69/73 Houldsworth Street was yesterday approved, subject to conditions, by councillors on Glasgow City Council’s planning local review committee by seven votes to three.

Kelvin Properties had submitted an appeal to the council last year over the authority’s apparent non-determination of the application within the expected time period.

Building on the success of the build-to-rent project at Kent Road project, where 20 flats were created in a new urban block across from the Mitchell Library, the Houldsworth Street development seeks to deliver a range of one and two-bedroom apartments.

The building which is to be demolished is a four-storey, late 1800s industrial structure that is not listed, nor in a conservation area. The lower floors are in use by a fishmonger.

A report to the committee stated that the applicant believed the building and the current use “are a blight on this increasingly popular residential area and present an ideal redevelopment opportunity”.

Kelvin Properties gets green light for Glasgow build to rent apartments

When the plans were submitted, a spokesperson for Holmes Miller stated: “Houldsworth Street ties the accommodation into the Finnieston area with the ‘Finnieston Strip’ bars and restaurants, together with easy access to the hyrdo, creating a great base for young professionals or downsizing urbanites, providing a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom flats in a dramatic 12 storey block marking Cranston Hill.

“The sustainability credentials are exceptional: It is to be a car-free project, with low carbon travel encouraged through 125% cycle storage, a green travel plan and two electric rental car spaces in front of the block for the residents and shared with the wider community; the building envelope will have high levels of insulation, and ultra-high levels of airtightness - supported by a whole-house heat recovery ventilation system in each flat, creating a healthy, low-CO2 internal environment; there will be no gas in the building, with all heating and hot water provided by air source heat pumps, and electricity will be generated by a significant amount of photovoltaic (PV) panels in vertical arrays on the south wall, on balcony glass and on spare rooftop areas.

“The heat will be delivered to the flats through underfloor heating. Cooking facilities will be provided by induction hobs and all lighting will be low energy LED.  Heat batteries will be provided to store the energy created by the PV; The health and wellbeing of the occupants will be served by a generously landscaped backcourt and a spectacular rooftop landscaped deck, with views across the city. Every flat will have private external balcony space and these, together with the French balustrades, will allow generous, full-height glazing, bringing the city views into the living spaces.”

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