New lease of life planned for 19th century ex-school building in Glasgow

URBAN regeneration specialist Kelvin Properties has lodged a planning application to redevelop an 1890s school building in Glasgow’s west end.

The building, which has lain vacant for a number of years, will be converted into 24 properties including four penthouse apartments. Plans also include the development of a new L-shaped block within the grounds for a further 25 apartments.

If approved, the proposed four-storey residential development would feature amenities including a rooftop residents’ garden, children’s play areas, raised growing beds, herb gardens, and several ‘secret gardens’.

The site closed as a school in the 1980s and has been used most recently as offices. The plans detail how Kelvin Properties aims to convert the former Napiershall Street Centre to apartments while retaining its architectural features.

Kelvin Properties revealed it plans to adopt a fully green energy source to power the apartments, while residents will be encouraged to travel more sustainably, with bicycle parking and electric vehicle charging points provided. Eight active EV charging stations are included as part of the plans.

Measures have also been taken to enhance biodiversity, including bug hotels, bird, and bat boxes, pollinating plants, and a tree planting strategy.

Marc Taylor, director of Kelvin Properties, said, “Our plans will allow a community to flourish and reinvigorate an incredible building, while protecting the environment and boosting the local economy. Glasgow’s west end continues to be a welcoming and highly attractive place to live and demand for properties continues to grow.

“We’re very pleased to have submitted plans for the redevelopment that would restore this stunning building to its former glory and provide much-needed high-quality homes in a fantastic location. Although the building isn’t listed, we will retain its fantastic architectural features.

“We have also made sure to maximise outdoor space for the residents – we feel the rooftop space will be particularly attractive.”

Situated between Great Western Road and Maryhill Road, the development is planned to get underway as early as spring 2023 following planning consent being granted by Glasgow City Council.