Mosaic Architecture + Design has secured planning permission and conservation area consent for the demolition of the former Annie Millers Public House in the heart of Glasgow city centre and the erection of an exciting new build development providing 18 serviced apartments.
The well-known hostelry, once frequented by Rangers FC fans on matchdays, has been closed for a number of years and is in poor repair with significant structural and rot issues. The building sits within the Glasgow Central Conservation area and is not listed. It has fallen into disrepair and provides little tangible benefit to the local townscape.
The project will represent an investment of more than £3M in Glasgow by developer Big Top Productions, adding a new serviced apartment brand to this part of the city.
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, 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.”
The new development taps into the aims and objectives of the Glasgow City Plan, which seeks to develop the city centre as a place to work, live and visit, providing some much-needed vibrancy and vitality to the area and, importantly, secondary streets and lanes, as is the case with Ropework Lane and Metropole Lane, which the development abounds.