£180m flats plan for Clydeside gap site

12 Mar 2007

Evening Times, by Iain Lundy

Plans for a 900-flat development in a run-down area near the Kingston Bridge are expected to be given the go-ahead tomorrow.

The apartments will transform the "eyesore" site at Cheapside Street and Warroch Street, beside where a former newspaper building stood.

The £180million project, known as City Wharf, will see four 22-storey housing blocks and will include 18,500 sq metres of office and commercial space.

It is being led by housebuilder Dandara, one of the companies behind the development of the Glasgow Harbour housing project at Partick.

The site was formerly occupied by a council-run homeless hostel, a pub and a number of warehouses.

It was also the site of the Cheapside Street disaster of 1960 when 14 firemen and five members of the Glasgow Salvage Corps lost their lives in a blaze in a whisky bond.

Glasgow city councillors are to consider the application - for a total of 853 flats - at tomorrow's planning applications committee.

A report to the committee describes the site as being "in a poor state" with vacant land and a number of industrial units.

It states that the area under the Kingston Bridge is "singularly uninviting" and "one of the main obstacles in getting pedestrians to walk to the city centre from the SECC".

Under the proposals, two L-shaped office blocks would be built as well as four blocks of housing.

There would also be shops, parking, amenity areas, and landscaping If councillors approve the plans the developers say they will fund £500,000 of environmental improvements for pedestrians under the Kingston Bridge.

Council officials have recommended the plan is granted subject to conditions.

These include meeting the cost of improvements to the road and public infrastructure.

Dandara hope the makeover will be a major regeneration boost to an area regarded as "seedy" and connect the site to the burgeoning Financial District.

Managing director Peter Lackey said: "This new venture will provide quality office, retail and residential property to the market."

Land to the west, the site of the former Daily Record building, is owned by developer Akeler, which earlier this year received planning permission for a £90million offices and a hotel project.


Reproduced with kind permission from Iain Lundy

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