Plans to turn 19th century Glasgow offices back into residential homes

Proposals to transform a 19th century Finnieston tenement back into its original use as a tenemental property have been submitted to Glasgow City Council’s planning department.

Hypostyle Architects, which are based in the city, plan to turn the offices at 49 and 52 St Vincent Crescent into four separate apartments for residential use.

Documentation sent to the local authority reveals that St Vincent Crescent, which was originally named Stobcross Crescent, is within the local conservation area and that the tenemented terrace was designed by the architect Alexander Kirkland as the first and only part of an ambitious new housing suburb in Stobcross.

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The west end of the crescent - made up of numbers 31-70 - was constructed from 1850 onwards with Mr Kirkland himself occupying number 39 while the east of the street was completed in 1855.

Number 49 and 52 St Vincent Crescent were originally two separate ground and basement maisonettes with an internal staircase before the properties were amalgamated in 1986 to form one office.

As it stands both properties are accessed via steps to the main front door which leads to the ground floor and features cornicing and ceiling roses, panelled doors, working window shutters to two principle front rooms.

The planning application also states that the ground floor, basement floor and external condition of the buildings are all in good condition.

Proposals will bring the properties back to their original use as residential.

A statement to the planning authority states: “It is important that the existing condition of the buildings and their significance is understood to be able to assess the impact of the proposals on the property.

“Consequently, this report is based on a condition survey and assessment of the building’s heritage and significance.”

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