Green light for Glasgow development with ‘New York vibe’

GLASGOW City Council has approved a detailed planning application from Ambassador Living – part of the Ambassador Group – for the development of 132 luxury homes with circa 9,000 sq ft of retail space in Finnieston.

The plans have been described as being designed to ‘reinvigorate’ the brownfield site with an ‘iconic and sustainably-led landmark development’, located at the corner of Finnieston Street and Minerva Street.

West Avenue will be a mixed-use development, named to reflect its ‘New York City aesthetic’. The project includes a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses. A collection of six retail units are located along part of the ground floor.

The elevations of West Avenue are said to mirror the existing architecture seen in the local vicinity and are ‘sympathetic’ to the conservation area on Minerva Street. A natural stone frontage is intended to give a nod to a bygone era when tenements stood on the land.

Energy saving initiatives are included within each apartment, and the development boasts car parking, electric charging, bike storage, and roof top gardens.

Gordon Coster, MD of Ambassador Living, said, “Finnieston is perhaps one of the most sought-after areas of Glasgow. The location of our West Avenue development is in a prime position to become the cornerstone of the thriving neighbourhood and we are thrilled to have such a positive determination from the committee which will allow us to bring our vision to life and bring positive addition to the local community.

“Our plans reflect modern living with a sympathetic nod to the site’s history, bringing it back to its former glory and becoming a beacon as you enter into the popular west end.

“We aim to breathe new life into this area of Finnieston, transforming it into something pretty special for the people of Glasgow to be proud of.”

The first homes will become available in 2023.