Space for arts could be in pipeline at Tradeston site
A TEMPORARY art space could be created under plans to demolish a listed building in Tradeston.
Community-led workshops and exhibitions are planned for the site in Tradeston Street if council planners give the go ahead.
Linda Telfer, an associate architect of architect firm IDPartnership, said the the plans from the developer are to help regenerate the space as soon as possible.
She said: “The developer decided on building an art space in place of the demolished building to prevent the land becoming an illegal car park or a site for fly-tipping.
“The area is in need of regeneration and it is hoped this plan will make the area more attractive for potential future investment.
“There has been so much history with this project and now we are hoping to get started with the job imminently.”
Original plans, which were submitted in 2012, aimed to turn the building in to flats, with the facade of the building to be kept. However, after these plans fell through, the building went in to further disrepair.
This led to the developer deciding that the only viable option would now be to demolish the whole building.
The decision to develop an art space in place of the building was taken due to the lack of demand for housing in the area.
Plans submitted to the council say the workshops and exhibition space would last for around three years until the opportunity to build housing was more lucrative.
The more immediate plans however will be subject to public consulta- tion over what people in the area would like to see brought to the new space.
Ms Telfer, acting on behalf of the applicants, said: “We are at the very early stages of establishing what kind of activities and exhibits the area will host.
“This is subject to community input which will be carried out by Ice Cream Architects who will be in charge of implementing the programme of events.
“With the area so close to the city the developers believe the Tradeston area has been left out of the city’s significant improvements.
“These plans are a chance to see that change and bring something that will attract more people to the area.
“It will be a good addition to the area.”
Consent to demolish the building was actually granted back in 2015.
But due to the amount of disrepair the building has experienced consent from the developer has been asked for to extend security fencing around the perimeter of the site.
The listed building on Tradeston Street is subject to plans which will see the land used to develop a space for workshops and art exhibitions