Laurieston Living in Glasgow could soon add more than two dozen new homes to the scope of its award-winning development.
Regeneration specialist Urban Union recently submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council which outlined plans for 28 new units.
The homes would be built on Bedford Street on a section of derelict land once home to an MOT test centre, with a decision expected next month.
Laurieston Living continues to go from strength to strength as work continues on the development’s second phase. This will see 173 private homes released for sale early this year, with the first residents expected to move in during the summer.
Neil McKay, Managing Director of Urban Union, said:
“Laurieston Living has been a huge success since launching and hundreds of families are now enjoying the benefits of high quality accommodation in an excellent location.
“The demand for more homes in the area is strong and that is why we have submitted a planning application for new units on Bedford Street. This will create significant opportunities for the local community, and will enhance the ongoing regeneration of the Gorbals.”
Laurieston Living is a £100 million revitalisation of the area, with plans to deliver four phases over a nine-year period.
Phase 1A saw 201 homes constructed for social rent for New Gorbals Housing Association. Phase 1B involved the creation of 108 homes – 39 for Mid Market Rent for New Gorbals Housing Association and 69 for private sale for Urban Union. Phase 1C and Phase 2, currently under construction, will deliver 55 new affordable apartments for New Gorbals Housing Association and 173 private homes for sale.
Urban Union – a partnership between Robertson Group and McTaggart Construction – is focused on delivering for the local community and has established a community benefits programme in addition to an award-winning arts and living strategy.
As one of Glasgow’s eight Transformation Regeneration Areas (TRAs), great importance is placed on embedding Laurieston into the community, linking together aspects of the neighbourhood like the Gorbals and the Citizen’s Theatre and connecting Laurieston to other parts of the city.
Anderson Bell and Christie is serving as architects on the second phase of Laurieston and submitted the planning application on Urban Union’s behalf.
Mark Sneddon at Anderson Bell and Christie, said:
“Following our successful partnership with Urban Union to deliver 173 units as part of the larger Laurieston masterplan, we were delighted to collaborate once again on proposals for 28 units on the former MOT site situated between Gorbals Street and Bedford Lane.
“The site itself represents a unique opportunity to provide a meaningful link between the new Laurieston development and the only remaining historic building in this area, the Grade A-Listed former British Linen Bank on Gorbals Street. Our main challenge was to develop proposals that addressed this important local landmark, but also related to the new developments that have recently been completed in the close vicinity.
“The site’s unique location means it is served by excellent public transport and is within a short walk of the city centre. The scheme provides one, two and three bed flats and also benefits from being located opposite the ‘Linear Park’, a new public green space in the heart of the Laurieston area.”