Key features of Bellgrove to be retained in next phase of Gallowgate regeneration

Architectural features on a B-listed hotel are to be preserved as part of a new £16.8 million regeneration plan for Gallowgate in Glasgow.

Bellgrove development impression

Wheatley Group has submitted proposals for the latest phase of regeneration in the east end community.

Plans will see large sections of the former Bellgrove Hotel retained and redeveloped into affordable housing.

The conversion of the 1930s building would retain large sections of greatest architectural importance, including retaining the front and east-facing elevations overlooking Gallowgate and the decorative bands of coloured tiles.

The rear elevation and western wing are too narrow to accommodate flats and will be demolished.

Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group has announced plans to create 14 new flats within the redesigned hotel and build 56 new homes on the surrounding land.

If plans are approved, work on the 17 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom homes for mid-market rent with Lowther, part of Wheatley Group, will be complete in spring 2026.

The site of the hotel will be developed as part of the ongoing work of Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G) – a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Wheatley Group, and Scottish Government which is delivering community and housing-led regeneration at eight locations across the city.

The decision to retain part of the hotel, which was built in the 1930s to house working men who had migrated to Glasgow for work, would save 685 tonnes of carbon when compared with a full demolition and rebuild.

Frank McCafferty, Wheatley Group’s Director of Assets and Repairs, said: “This is the latest exciting phase in the transformation of Gallowgate. We’re delighted we’ll be able to preserve the long architectural history of the Bellgrove Hotel and bring it up to the highest of modern living standards.

“By working closely with our partners in Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government we are able to not only improve the housing in the area for generations to come but change the lives of people in the community for the better.”

The first two phases of the regeneration of Gallowgate were completed in 2013 and 2020, with 201 new-build homes built in the community, the overwhelming majority for social rent.

The Bellgrove Hotel was acquired from the private owners in April 2021, with support from TC:G.

Former residents were supported by Wheatley Care, part of Wheatley Group, and Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership to move into their own tenancies.

Wheatley Group has appointed Collective Architecture as the architects for the regeneration project with CCG (Scotland) Ltd as the contractor.

Neal Whitaker, from Collective Architecture, said: “The site layout aims to create good-quality, well-overlooked green space for the community, with particular care taken in the formation of a linear park along the former Bellfield Street, transforming this key active travel link between the Gallowgate and Dennistoun.

“As part of this strategy, the new-build block steps back from the Gallowgate, allowing the retained hotel building to act as a landmark on the approach into the city from the east.

“The retained portions of the hotel are conserved in line with best practice, whilst the new block incorporates subtle references to the moderne style, with curves at the corners, entrances to closes, and canopies all establishing an architectural dialogue with the listed hotel.”

Friday, June 09, 2023