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MAJOR Residential Development Planned For Dennistoun

A DEVELOPMENT of 133 flats is being proposed for a historic old school site in Dennistoun. A nextbike station is part of the plan, to encourage alternative transport.

The proposal by Barony Homes is for substantial demolition of the former Golfhill School in Circus Drive but keeping the facade and side walls for an apartment building.

There would also be new blocks of flats on the overgrown playing field, on Firpark Street.

The site is across from the eastern boundary of the Necropolis, not far from Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Alexandra Parade.

In total there would be 31 one-bedroom flats, 84 two-bedroom flats and 19 with three bedrooms. The old janitor’s house would also be retained.

The plan proposes 134 car parking spaces and internal storage for 134 bicycles. The applicant is also proposing to provide a 10-cycle nextbike station and a car-share space.

Documents submitted to Glasgow City Council planners by Jewitt and Wilkie Architects state that the “advanced state of deterioration” means the only safe option for the B-listed school is façade retention to the front walls and partial retention of the side walls.

The statement continues: “Whilst it has been deemed financially unviable for the retention of the full school, our proposal will maintain and preserve the main elevations and towers of what is an important historical building in the Dennistoun area that, left in its current state, is likely to deteriorate past any chance of being rescued.

“The work to save this historically important building will be cross-subsidised by the new-build elements of the proposal, and as such it is important to view the full development as a whole.”

The design document also states: “The architectural style is unashamedly modern, reflecting similar design approaches for new-build development elsewhere in Dennistoun, using durable materials with warmth of colour and texture. The principal objective of the proposals was to create a sense of place from an unused and potentially-fragmented piece of ground and to redefine the edge of the Conservation Area with a quality development.”

It continues: “The playground to the front of the school will be transformed into a green area, with an orchard of trees that will benefit the new residents and the local community by providing a green space in what is currently a mess of broken concrete and overgrown weeds.

“It is proposed that the area to the corner of Firpark Street and Circus Drive will become a more formal civic space with access links and planting with trees of a species that are suitable for the location and future use.

“These proposals will create areas which are desirable to the new and existing residents to pass through and linger in, an improvement on the overgrown and unsafe spaces which currently exist on the site.

“New paths across the site will help to connect the adjacent roads in a way that the site currently doesn’t allow, due to the rigidly defined walls and railings of the Victorian school.

The proposals will be considered by Glasgow City planners.