Meat market re-development plans progressing towards delivery

OVER 500 affordable and energy-efficient homes are planned to be built as part of a redevelopment of Glasgow’s former, now derelict, meat market.

Details of the proposed homes were revealed to local councillors as they were updated on the wider plans for the area, estimated to cost £88million.

Says an announcement issued by Glasgow City Council (here) – which led the masterplanning: “The site – almost ten hectares in size – was established as the Glasgow Meat Market and Slaughterhouse in 1817 and was in operation until around 40 years ago.  The site was used as a motor auction site for a short period after that.

“While there was some façade retention – for the Graham Square development in the early 2000s – most of the original structures, other than the 7,860 square metre B-listed wrought iron sheds and the Superintendents House, have been demolished.

“Glasgow City Council has for a considerable time had development ambitions for this key site connecting the East End to the city centre, but the site faced challenges, notably the need for remediation and market conditions. 

“The potential of Glasgow City Region City Deal funding and a design charrette in 2015 gave fresh momentum to these ambitions and led to the development and approval of a masterplan for site in 2019.”

The announcement adds: “Over 500 affordable and energy-efficient homes will be built on the site, with 252 from Home Scotland along Bellgrove Street and Duke Street, and 250 – over three phases – from Wheatley Group in the Calton Village development, including large family and wheelchair-friendly terraced houses.

“The development of the meat market sheds follows extensive consultation – led by Milnbank Housing Association – with local communities on what they would like to see there. The community-led hub to be created at the sheds will be a catalyst for the site’s regeneration, with established East End businesses will take [sic] part in pop-up or street market activities.”

Picture credit: City of Glasgow Council