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Historic Glasgow brass foundry demolished after controversial approval

The site of the former brass foundry <i>(Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)</i>
The site of the former brass foundry (Image: Colin Mearns, Newsquest)

An iconic Glasgow building was demolished, following a controversial council approval.

The brass foundry in Finnieston has been destroyed to make way for a 10-storey residential development.

As the Glasgow Times reported last May, applicant Nevis Properties Ltd submitted a planning application in October 2021 and it was later approved.

Today, the site where the building stood was photographed by Glasgow Times photographer Colin Mearns.

A huge pile of rubble has remained after the demolition.

Glasgow Times: Brass foundry in May 2022
Glasgow Times: Brass foundry in May 2022

Brass foundry in May 2022 (Image: Newsquest)

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When submitted, the bid was objected to by more than 50 residents, as well as disapproved by local politicians.

Despite not being listed or part of a conservation area, they argue the brass foundry would be an important part of the city’s shipbuilding heritage.

However, the developer said the project would create significant economic benefits, adding £2m per year to the city’s economy, and more than £2.6m to the regional construction industry.