Space for arts could be in pipe­line at Trade­ston site

Evening Times - - NEWS - By CON­NOR McCANN

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

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