Mosaic applies to erect new build serviced apartment development in Glasgow city centre

Ropework Lane during the day

MOSAIC Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices, has submitted a planning application for the demolition of the former Annie Millers Public House and the erection of an exciting new build development providing 18 serviced apartments in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The former Annie Millers pub, a 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 new development taps into the aims and objectives of the Glasgow City Council City Centre Lanes Strategy, 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.

An artist’s impression on how the former Annie Millers Public House will look after development

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: “Having identified serviced apartments and hospitality as a key area for development, this is our first new build development in the city and gives us the opportunity to develop a new and exciting brand with the team at Mosaic.

“It is hoped that, if successful, while it is a bespoke design, this development could serve as a model that could be rolled out to other cities in the UK.” 

Stephen Mallon, Director of Mosaic, added: “This is a challenging site, given the position of the existing building in Ropework Lane attached to adjacent mixed use and leisure buildings. Although challenging, it offered the chance to be innovative and creative with the design. It was important, we felt, to give a strong definition to the edge of the city block taking cognisance of the local urban form.

“Using a simple palette of blue engineering brick, large glazed panels and lightweight bronze shingle cladding, playfully utilised in deep window reveals, the pattern, rhythm and depth of the design provides a quality piece of contemporary architecture which will have a positive impact on the townscape and wider city.”

The development follows Mosaic’s recent submission, on behalf of Big Top Productions, for the £6M conversion and change of use of the former Teacher building at St Enoch Square, Glasgow into a whisky-themed bar/restaurant with 25 serviced apartments on the upper floors.

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