PLANNING permission has been secured for the build of new apartments in Glasgow ‘primarily aimed at’ the LGBT community.
The blueprint, by Big Top Productions, will see the demolition of the former Annie Millers Public house in the heart of the city centre to make way for the 18 serviced apartments.
The pub, which the firm said was popular with Rangers FC fans on match-days, has been closed for a number of years and is in ‘poor repair’ with ‘significant’ structural and rot issues.
Andre Graham, director of Big Top Productions, said, “We are extremely excited to have received planning permission to proceed with our modest yet beautifully designed 18 studio apartment development on Ropework lane. The managed apartments will replace the derelict Annie Millers Public House which has long been a nuisance and blight to the immediate area and will lead to a significant drop in antisocial behaviour, whilst increasing the value of properties in the vicinity.
“This 3-to-4-star level apartment project will be named The Axis Studios, and will be primarily aimed at, but not exclusive to, the LGBT community and guests will be welcomed from all groups. We will be a hetero-friendly establishment.
“Axis Studios will be the catalyst for further investment and development within the LGBT community, that will make a significant, profound and positive contribution to the city of Glasgow far beyond the LGBT community, as has been the case in cities such as Manchester, Brighton and Liverpool.”
Stephen Mallon, director of Mosaic Design + Architecture, which submitted the plans, added, “We are delighted to receive this support from the planners and the council and look forward to delivering this exciting new development, which we think will provide a positive contribution to the local townscape. The building is a contemporary and energy efficient design using a simple but high-quality palette of materials such as blue brick, bronze cladding and aluminium curtain walling. A terrace provides rooftop activation with appropriate screening and solar panels on the roof.”