Former Glasgow shopping arcade fenced off as demolition work starts

A rundown shopping arcade has been fenced off for demolition as plans kick off to build new homes on the site.

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The empty Shawbridge Arcade in Pollokshaws is set to be razed to the ground to make way for about 70 affordable flats.

Bookmakers William Hill was the last remaining arcade tenant and hoped to relocate to nearby premises in Riverford Road but has been refused planning permission from the council.

Early site proposals released for consultation show the new blocks of flats earmarked to replace the arcade would be four and five storeys high.

Shawbridge Arcade is being demolished.Shawbridge Arcade is being demolished.
Shawbridge Arcade is being demolished.

Residents could choose from one, two or three bedrooms flats. There are to be seven wheelchair accessible properties.

A new ground and first floor office block for Glasgow Housing Association – which is part of the Wheatley Group – has also been proposed according to information provided as part of a consultation.

Wheatley Group said demolition work will begin before the year ends.

Frank McCafferty, group director of repairs and assets at Wheatley Group said: “This is the latest phase in the regeneration of Pollokshaws. It will see around 70 much-needed, energy-efficient, affordable homes built in the heart of the community.

“Work is due to start demolishing the building before the end of the year. We’ll continue to keep the community closely involved as our plans take shape.”

A proposal of application notice for the erection of the residential development, office, parking and landscaping has been lodged with Glasgow City Council for the arcade site.

William Hill, which operated in the arcade for 40 years, said six local people’s jobs are at risk if it is forced to close in the locality.

The firm was denied planning permission to move to a former solicitors office at 33 Riverford Road, which is close to the Shawbridge Arcade.

William Hill Organization Ltd lodged an appeal over the decision, which was upheld by councillors this week.

As part of the appeal Brian Minihane, the firm’s national licensing and development manager, said: “Six people are employed at this shop, all from the local area. If this shop is forced to close, those positions will be lost. “

Mr Minihane’s appeal statement described the Shawbridge Arcade shop as “popular” and said the firm planned to spend £200,000 fitting out the replacement premises.

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