Former Glasgow Rangers pub to be demolished by owners of male-only spa to make way for LGBT apartments
The owners of a male-only spa have been allowed to demolish a former Ranger pub and build LGBT-friendly apartments.
Belfast-based Big Top Productions may demolish Annie Millers – who was popular with Rangers fans before it closed in 2017 – despite neighbors urging Glasgow planning chiefs to reject the offer.
There are concerns that residents of Carrick Quay apartments will be forced out of their homes due to noise from the short-lived new development on Ropework Lane.
Neighbors said The Pipeworks on nearby Metropole Lane – featured on its website as Scotland’s best and largest gay sauna club – had caused “only noise issues”.
But owner Andre Graham said reports of anti-social behavior from The Pipeworks were “incorrect.”
He added that the 18 serviced apartments would be intended for the LGBT community, but would be open to everyone and managed separately from the spa.
Glasgow councilors were divided on whether or not to approve the plans, giving the casting vote to the chairman of the planning committee, Bailie Glenn Elder, who ruled in favor of the request.
A neighbor told the committee, “We’ve had people at Carrick Quay once say if this gets the green light they should move because their kids won’t sleep at night. “
There were 16 letters of objection to the request and Steven Martin, secretary of the Carrick Quay Owners Association, said the new apartments would only exacerbate the current problems.
“I have lived next door to The Pipeworks building for over a decade and we have only had noise issues. Almost every weekend at night we are woken up by customers coming in and out.
“There are constant arguments from customers outside the building.
“A roof terrace and balconies will only attract more people to drink and smoke outside, which means more hardship for the families who live around the premises. “
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Struan Kerr-Liddell, who also lives nearby, said: “The proposed development is just inches from our apartment, and one of our windows will be directly blocked by this development. We will have a very high degree of noise that will be imposed on us.
And Scott Thornton, representing Merchant City and Trongate Community Council, and also a resident of Carrick Quay, said the planned rooftop was a “serious overdevelopment.”
“We would be very happy to see Annie Millers demolished and a suitable low-rise building in her place. We have no problem with the demolition of Annie Millers, it has long been a plague on the region.
“However, we contend that this is definitely not the answer.”
Mr Graham said there had been “a number of complaints filed by Carrick Quay regarding the antisocial behavior of The Pipeworks, which we strongly oppose”.
He added that CCTV had shown that “the antisocial behavior came from other elements in Metropole Lane”.
“Nothing came from The Pipeworks, and that is an incorrect statement to make.”
The developer, who started The Pipeworks with her husband Seamus Sweeney, said: “We had recently seen a number of serviced apartment hotels aimed at the LGBT community and looked at the viability of such a business in Glasgow and concluded that we should buy the building. develop a similar business.
“The studios have been the most important development within the LGBT community in Glasgow for over 30 years.
“Most cities the size of Glasgow have such accommodation, which is safe and welcoming to our community. Currently Glasgow does not offer any such accommodation.
He added that the apartments, although intended for the LGBT community, “will not be exclusive and will accommodate guests from all groups.” They will also be managed “entirely separately from The Pipeworks business”.
Mr Graham said the rooftop terrace would only be open during the day and that a 24-hour concierge would take care of any “rowdy” behavior if it occurred.
Stephen Mallon of Mosaic Architecture and Design, the applicant’s agent, added that the distance between Carrick Quay and the apartments would be “much better than the minimum requirement”.
He said “reasonable amendments” had been made to address privacy concerns.
“We have the feeling of having achieved a respectful conception of the territory.