Building Briefs – September 15th

  • Extra Spaces for People gained on Glasgow’s Montrose Street

Work has started to widen footways on both sides of Montrose Street between George Street and Cathedral Street as part of Glasgow City Council’s Spaces for People programme which is providing extra space for physical distancing to protect public health and suppress a resurgence of COVID-19.

On-street parking will be suspended in the affected areas, with extra space for people made available by repurposing the immediate road space usually occupied by parked or stationary vehicles. Disabled bay parking provision at this location where applicable, remains unaffected.


  • Funding boost for Wester Ross dry dock accommodation project

A project to create accommodation facilities at Kishorn dry dock in Wester Ross has secured investment of up to £94,675 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Having on-site accommodation will enhance the dock’s capacity and help it attract more high-end contracts in offshore renewables and oil and gas decommissioning. This in turn will bring wider benefits to the local economy.

Kishorn Port Ltd (KPL) is a joint venture between Leiths (Scotland) Ltd and Ferguson Freight Holdings Ltd, both of whom have businesses at the port. Ferguson Transport and Shipping operate the port and use as a base for their marine logistic services to the aquaculture industry and Leiths operate a quarry on the site.

The accommodation project will involve the installation of two blocks housing 28 single bedrooms.


  • New gym to replace Dundee home decor store

JD Sports has won permission to turn the Harry Corry Interiors shop at Dundee’s Kingsway East Retail Park into a health and fitness club over two floors.

The gym will feature a running track, cardio areas, free weights areas, boxing area, studios, ladies gym, spin facilities, burn and tone gym activities and changing rooms.

It will operate under the JD Gyms brand which operates across the UK.

There are currently only two others open in Scotland, both of which are in Glasgow.

The application, which includes permission to create a mezzanine floor, was approved unanimously.


  • Restaurant planned for B-listed former Glasgow bank

Plans have been lodged to transform the ground floor of former bank premises in Govan into use as a restaurant.

Sava Estates has made a change-of-use application for 705 Govan Road.

A design statement submitted with the application explains: “When constructed, this building would have been a major feature on Govan Road and would have been designed as a corner feature linking what then would have been tenemental properties on both Govan Road and Broomloan Road.

“It is the only remaining building of that period and now links to modern residential flatted accommodation on both gables.

“Now vacant, it was originally occupied by the Glasgow Savings Bank and most recently by a branch of the TSB.”


  • Eight upcoming overnight closures of M73 southbound 

The M73 southbound will be closed overnight from Junction 3 Mollinsburn for eight nights, between Monday 21 September and 2 October 2020.

The closures, which are scheduled in two phases to help minimise disruption to traffic, are required to ensure road user and road worker safety whilst essential surfacing works are undertaken. The road will re-open at 6 AM each morning.

These works will be carried out by Scottish Road Partnership (SRP) on behalf of Transport Scotland to maintain the integrity and safety of this route.


  • Balnagowan road to temporarily close near Ardersier

Due to essential maintenance works being carried out for SSE, the U1062 Link Road between its junction with the B9092 Ardersier–Nairn Road and its junction with the C1005 Muir of Balnagowan–Fort George Road will be temporarily closed.

The closure will take effect from 09:00 until 12:00 on September 29. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained.