Developer looks to set ‘gold standard’ for sustainable living in Glasgow

A developer has submitted £10 million plans for homes it hopes will set the ‘gold standard’ for sustainable living in Glasgow.

The proposal for 131 Minerva Street in Finnieston – a former brass foundry currently used as offices – is located near the main venue for COP26 and is set to contain a host of environmentally-friendly features.

Designed by architect HAUS Collective, the homes comprise a mix of 64 one, two and three-bedroom flats, all featuring their own private balcony.

Developer Nevis Properties is adopting a ‘low carbon focus’ with an emphasis on energy efficient materials and green technologies. This includes a centralised combined heat and power (CHP) system which makes use of ‘reclaimed heat’ to reduce energy use. The plans also feature rooftop solar panels.

HAUS has developed three separate amenity gardens including a rooftop residents’ terrace. All three amenity decks have been designed to help build a sense of community – with an outdoor exercise space on one terrace and an area for communal dining on another.

Nevis Properties has also included six EV charging stations. The other spaces are ‘EV-ready’, with ducting installed so charging points can be added in future.

Marc Taylor, director at Nevis Properties, said, “For Glasgow to continue to evolve as a dynamic, contemporary city, and recover from the pandemic, there is a need to create quality housing in prime locations which enhances the urban fabric of the city and attracts the very best talent.

“Finnieston is incredibly attractive to young professionals and first-time buyers because it’s walkable to the city centre and has some of Glasgow’s best bars and restaurants. As it stands there is a distinct lack of choice for quality new build accommodation and extremely high demand for second-hand properties within the area.

“As Glasgow becomes ever more popular with larger businesses, there is a growing need to meet the surging demand for premium living accommodation at a price point which fits the needs of buyers and renters. That’s why we want to develop a property which will not only develop a real community, but also become the gold standard for sustainable developments in future.”