Plans lodged to transform popular Rangers pub into flats

Property developer Big Top Productions intends to demolish a former pub in Glasgow city centre which was traditionally popular with Rangers fans to build new apartments.

Plans lodged to transform popular Rangers pub into flats

Image by Mosaic Architecture + Design

The developer intends to demolish the building on the Ropework Lane site, which previously traded as Anne Millers, in order to build 18 services apartments.

Anne Millers closed in May 2017 and was later purchased in the same year by Big Top’s Andre Graham and husband Seamus Sweeney.

The Herald reports that Big Top will invest a total of £3 million in the development.

Stephen Mallon of Mosaic, the architect which submitted the plans to Glasgow City Council, said: “This is a challenging site, given the position of the existing building in Ropework Lane attached to adjacent mixed-use and leisure buildings. Although challenging, it offered the chance to be innovative and creative with the design. It was important, we felt, to give a strong definition to the edge of the city block taking cognisance of the local urban form.

“Using a simple palette of blue engineering brick, large glazed panels and lightweight bronze shingle cladding, playfully utilised in deep window reveals, the pattern, rhythm and depth of the design provide a quality piece of contemporary architecture which will have a positive impact on the townscape and wider city.”

Andre Graham, director of Big Top, added: “Having identified serviced apartments and hospitality as a key area for development, this is our first new-build development in the city and gives us the opportunity to develop a new and exciting brand with the team at Mosaic.

“It is hoped that, if successful, while it is a bespoke design, this development could serve as a model that could be rolled out to other cities in the UK.”

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