Introduction

 

Thank you for visiting our pre-application consultation website. This webpage forms part of the pre-application public consultation process for 520 Sauchiehall Street which is a brand new high quality residential development for city centre living in Glasgow.

 

An interactive consultation will take place on Wednesday 12th August and Thursday 13th August. To view the consultation presentation, please visit The Proposal page.

The site has been derelict for a number of years and it is proposed that the site will be redeveloped into a modern development of 100 co-living residential apartments with ground floor commercial units.

The £20million proposal will support the Sauchiehall Street’s Avenues Project, which is encouraging the creation of more homes in the area as part of Glasgow City Council’s regeneration and redevelopment of the city centre. A newly built, mixed-use tower of 100 studio and one-bedroom apartments will be located on the site to help meet a growing demand for city centre homes.

The location was identified following a careful search of available sites in the city and the final design will seek to incorporate suggestions from local people during a community consultation process. If approved by planners, it is hoped work on the project can start in Spring 2021 with a completion date set for June 2022. It is anticipated that the construction alone will create hundreds of skilled-trade jobs.

The city council has invested around £12million of City Deal funding to improve the road, cycle and residential infrastructure in Sauchiehall Street, hoping to attract further private sector investment in an area devastated by recent fires and the closure of a number of commercial operators. It recently unveiled its new City Centre Residential Strategy and wants to create homes for an additional 25,000 residents, encouraging developers to come forward with proposals.

The Site

The Site is situated within the wider Glasgow Central Conservation Area and there are listed buildings in the locale including the Category A-listed Albany Chambers and Charing Cross Mansions.

 

The proposal is being developed in collaboration with a specialist heritage consultant, to explore the possible retention of the original Category B-listed building façadeon Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street, as part of the design development. The surrounding area has been appraised for the setting of Heritage Assets and Townscape Considerations within a Visual Impact Assessment. A Heritage, Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment will be submitted as part of the Planning and Listed Building Consent applications.

Site History

The Site comprises two plots, No.520 running from Sauchiehall Street to No. 341 Renfrew Street and No.522 Sauchiehall Street. The building at No.520 Sauchiehall Street / No.341 Renfrew St is Category B-listed.

 

1896

Early Ordnance Survey mapping of the Site in 1862 shows the Site across the plots of one and a half-terraced houses on Albany Place, which were set back from Sauchiehall Street with a shared private gardens to the front and large private gardens to the rear. By the late nineteenth century, Thomas Ewing, a piano seller, commissioned David Paton Low to build a single storey piano salon on the frontage of 5 Albany Place, this became No.522 Sauchiehall Street. Known as the Ewing Galleries, the piano shop was extended in 1897 with a large hall for performances. This work was carried out by architects Bruce & Hay, who also re-fronted the Sauchiehall Street elevation and added a first floor, that can still be seen today.

1913

The building was extensively altered internally when it became the ‘Vitagraph’ cinema in 1912, to the designs of John Fairweather. A lounge and tearoom were created in the Sauchiehall front, with the cinema to the rear. The building had both a Stalls and Circle, creating a narrow and long auditorium providing long vistas to the screen. 

The ‘Vitagraph’ was short lived with the cinema re-named as the ‘King’s Cinema’ in 1914. Further internal changes were made in the 1930s and by 1954 the cinema was known as the ‘Newscine’ dedicated to showing newsreels.

1936

Later re-named as the ‘Curzon’ and then the ‘Classic’ in the 1960s, finally becoming the ‘Tatler Cinema Club’ in the 1980s, the cinema continued at No.520 Sauchiehall Street until 1984, with the building then becoming a bar and club venue. The building has been on the Buildings at Risk register since June 2014 and has been vacant for at least 10 years. In July 2019, the bust of Beethoven which was part of the Renfrew Street elevation was vandalised and the head removed.

 

Due to the later changes of the Site to a club and bar, the extent that the Cinema phases of the building remain in any form that is legible, is likely to be very low. All indications at this stage point to a highly modified building which holds its historical and architectural character on its Sauchiehall Street elevation. This is captured in Historic Environment Scotland listing description which describes the building as internally ‘comprehensively modernised’.

The cleared part of the site at No.522 was previously a bank, now demolished, derelict and overgrown since before 2012. This location acts as a void amongst the surrounding Sauchiehall Street frontages.

Planning Context

The Glasgow City Development Plan (CDP) (2017) provides the main planning policy framework for determining planning applications within the area.

Within the CDP, the site forms part of the wider City Centre Strategic Economic Investment Location (SEIL) and the Central Conservation Area. The site is also is located within a high public transport accessibility area.

 

A key outcome of the City Centre Living Strategy (2020), the City Centre Strategic Development Framework (SDF), and the Central District Regeneration Framework (DRF) is the need to repopulate Glasgow’s city centre, to create a more vibrant, inclusive, sustainable and liveable place. The City Centre Living Strategy (2020), aims to double the city centre population of around 20,000 by 2035.

Glasgow City Centre

The site is sustainably located within Glasgow’s City Centre, close to high quality pedestrian walkways and cycle routes as well as public transport options including Charing Cross Train Station and various bus stops/routes. There are also various amenities and services located along Sauchiehall Street and the wider city centre, including shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and offices.

The proposal will deliver on these ambitions to grow the population in the city centre by creating new residential apartments and commercial uses on a sustainable site. This increase in population, will ensure the diversification of uses in the area, to support the future prosperity and resilience of Sauchiehall Street

The Development Team

Sauchiehall Street Regeneration Ltd

 

A new company was established in 2018 to complete the development. Sauchiehall Street Regeneration Ltd purchased the land in December 2019 and has been working with a dedicated team of designers, planners, architects, engineers and consultants in order to develop a high quality design of residential apartments for modern living in the city centre of Glasgow. Sauchiehall Street Regeneration Ltd is part of the Consensus Capital Group of companies.

Consensus Capital Group, a Scottish investment company with a track record of building high-quality residential and commercial developments across the UK, has signalled its intention to submit an outline planning application to the local authority.
 
Consensus Capital Group is a specialist real estate and asset management company. The core of their business includes the acquisition and management of commercial and residential property together with the development of strategic land.

ADP are an international award-winning employee-owned architecture consultancy who are leading the design of this project. The practice has been established for over 50 years and are now based in nine worldwide locations.

ADP prides themselves on their social commitment which drives them to deliver meaningful economic and social benefits with every project they design.

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Iceni Projects are a multi-disciplinary award-winning consultancy who specialise in providing advice within the built environment. The firm were founded in 2005 and are now based across four major cities in the UK: Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester and play a key role to many UK development projects. Iceni Projects are at the forefront of providing planning advice to this exciting new development.

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