City Property (Glasgow) LLP, on behalf of the council, announced the £5.7 million sale of an area of land in the area adjacent to Kelvingrove Park.
Consent for the residential apartments was granted by the planning authority in August with work expected to begin on site in the near future.
The area has, until now, been a vacant green space with some 160 locals fighting against the development. Among the objectors was the Gothe institute, the German cultural institute on nearby Park Circus, which branded the plans as “inappropriate” and “clumsy”.
Concerns have also been raised about the loss of greenspace, loss of privacy, noise and air pollution. It was also argued that the proposed development of flats was out of keeping with the character of the area.
The purchaser of the land, Expresso Property (Park Quadrant) Ltd, a joint venture between Expresso Property and Ambassador Group, reduced initial plans for the £35m project from 111 properties after residents’ views were taken into consideration.
The revised proposals also included redesigning the main entrance porches, size of balconies and rear stairwells. Expresso said the single curving, six storey block will match the height of architect Charles Wilson’s original plans for the site.
Confirming the sale, Pauline Barclay, managing director of City Property, said: “The sale of this site forms the final missing piece of Park Quadrant in what was the creation of 19th century Scottish architect, Charles Wilson and one of the most iconic of Glasgow’s Victorian Cityscapes. Throughout the process we have been stringent in our approach to ensure any new development is in keeping with the special character of the area and in meeting these requirements I am delighted to confirm Expresso Property (Park Quadrant) Ltd are the successful purchaser in a deal that has generated a minimum £5.7m capital receipt for the council.”