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Coliseum Development - Public Consultation Apr 14, 2021

The Coliseum Housing Development, 99-111 Eglinton Street, Laurieston

A proposal for 64 dwellings and associated amenity, plus a landscaped courtyard, is being put forward for this site on Eglinton Street, formerly home to the Coliseum Theatre. It forms part of the Laurieston Transformational Area (TRA) and is a joint venture between New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union. It will provide 26 homes for sale, and 38 homes for social housing use. It will also incorporate the community rooms that are currently hosted on the site, enhancing and enlarging the space, and creating an associated garden.

Summary

The Association seeks to develop a dense, city centre housing development which forms a key frontage for the Laurieston TRA onto Eglinton Street, while maintaining the architectural and urban design quality achieved in the Association’s earlier phases on Cumberland Street/Margaret Street, and Gorbals Street.

Site plan:

 

Site Specifics

The Coliseum Site, as it has come to be known in reference to its history, is located to the south of the River Clyde on Eglinton Street, between the existing O2 Academy building and Bridge Street subway station.

The site is bounded to the west, on the opposite side of Eglinton Street, by the elevated railway line to and from Central Station to the north. On the other side of the railway lines, further to the west, lies Tradeston, another area with a rich history and where further significant development is planned.

Laurieston’s central location makes it the key element in linking Tradeston and Hutchesontown with each other and with the city centre, creating a catalyst for investment and increasing housing demand. Critically, it realises the much-needed residential accommodation close to the city centre.

Site Response

The north-west corner of the site skirts the existing subway tunnel line, which runs to and from Bridge Street subway station located within the adjacent site to the north. The condition has directly impacted the development of the scheme and is the key prompt in the ‘cutting’ and ‘opening’ of the classic tenement typology shown in the diagrams.

This constraint became an opportunity for additional light and views. The resultant cluster of blocks comprises of six storey blocks to the north, west, and south – reinforcing the edge of the TRA and speaking to the scale of the city – and a four storey block to the east, reflecting the adjacent block currently in development (by others) and speaking to the scale of the existing residential inner streets.

Aerial view of proposed site:

Consultation

We want to know what community members think of this proposal at the current stage. This is a pre-application consultation by New Gorbals Housing Association and Urban Union as the prospective applicant for the development at 99 – 111 Eglinton Street, G5 9NT. An online public meeting will be held on Wednesday the 21st April 2021, with a live chat between 3 – 6pm. For access details to the live chat event, or to make comment on the proposals, please get in touch by emailing consultations@newgorbalsha.org.uk. Please make any comments by Monday 26th April 2021.

This notice does not relate to a planning application. Comments should not be made to Glasgow City Council. Any comments made to New Gorbals Housing Association are not representations to the planning authority. If a planning application is submitted to Glasgow City Council following this consultation, normal neighbour notification and publicity will be undertaken at that time, and people will have the opportunity to make formal representations at that time.

Looking north towards the city centre:

A view from the train line: