Plans unveiled to deliver 46 new homes on vacant Anniesland site

A joint planning application has been submitted by CCG, Partick Housing Association and Hanover Scotland to ‘transform’ a vacant site between Bearsden Road and Crow Road in Glasgow’s Anniesland.

Working in partnership with MAST Architects, proposals for The Sawmills development, which takes its name from the Temple Hills Sawmill that once occupied the site in the 1930s, include the demolition of the former Canal Bar and Restaurant – vacant since 2004 – and the new build construction of 46 one and two-bedroom affordable flats spread across two blocks.

Upon completion, 24 amenity flats, designed with older people in mind, will be managed by Hanover. In addition, there will be a mix of private and communal green space and resident parking. CCG revealed the project has been designed to meet the ‘Glasgow Standard’ of space and energy efficiency compliance.

CCG director Calum Murray said, “The proposals for The Sawmills were derived after an extensive period of assessment by our design team who tested and exhausted every avenue to retain the building – a part of which is category C-listed. Our assessment evidenced that, because of the significant state of disrepair, the retention of the building in any form was not economically viable. Instead, the building will be replaced by a contemporary and sustainable low-carbon development that will address key strategic objectives of Glasgow City Council by improving the supply of affordable housing in the west of the city.

“The Sawmills is the latest of many initiatives to contribute towards and advantage from The Glasgow Canal Project – real change is taking place around and along the canal, creating a safe and enjoyable outdoor space, and a positive resource which will help breathe new life and vitality into local communities. Never has this been more necessary.”