CALA West bids to set the record straight on Jordanhill

The award-winning housebuilder has written and open letter in a bid to set the record straight on Jordanhill Campus.

CALA Homes 30 October 2017

CALA Homes (West) has written an open letter outlining its sympathetic and considered approach to its proposed £100m development of the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill Campus. 

CALA issued the letter after its proposals for a premium residential development were referred to a Predetermination Hearing by councillors. In the letter, CALA states its commitment to building on the legacy of the landmark 31-acre site, which is now derelict after being unoccupied since 2012. 

The letter describes how CALA’s planning application will protect and enhance greenspace at the site, retain the Category B-listed David Stow building, open playing fields to local schools and establish one of the city’s most desirable and well-designed residential developments.

The letter also refers to recent independent research that found construction of the site would create almost 200 new jobs for Glasgow and deliver an economic boost of over £5m in Gross Added Value (GVA).

CALA’s Matters Specified in Conditions planning application was lodged with Glasgow City Council in March this year. 

Jim McIntyre, managing director of CALA Homes (West), said: “CALA is an award-winning homebuilder with decades of experience in delivering high quality residential developments and we fully intend to extend our strong reputation with a sensitive approach at Jordanhill Campus.

“Currently, many of the buildings are derelict and much of the land is brownfield. I firmly believe our proposals represent a significant improvement and will enhance a community asset. They would create a great place to live.

“We look forward to presenting our exciting plans next month, and to continuing to work in partnership with the community to deliver a successful development within the heart of Jordanhill.”  

The decision to close the 31-acre Jordanhill Campus, formerly a teacher training college, was taken by owners Strathclyde University in 2006 and the site has been vacant since 2012. Following extensive consultation with the local community and Glasgow City Council, the University gained Planning Permission in Principle for a residential developer in 2013.

CALA’s proposed development includes more than 400 high quality properties, designed by award-winning architects 7N. These range from one bedroom flats to large, detached family homes. Central to the proposals is the retention of the university’s Category B-listed David Stow building, which would be reinstated as the dominant building on the campus and refurbished to a high standard to offer luxury apartments. Graham House and Douglas House, which don’t have listed status, would also to be conserved and converted under the plans.

More than 40% of the site would be retained as greenspace and the plans contain a net provision of more than 350 new trees to enhance the existing woodland. About 5,000 square metres of children’s active play spaces would be created and the existing playing fields given to Glasgow Life to ensure the community, Jordanhill School and other local schools all benefit.  

Together with existing access points, new public footpaths and cycleways would make the Campus accessible to all. 

Liana Canavan, sales and marketing director at CALA Homes (West) added: “We want to dispel the misconception that we plan to overdevelop the site.

“We’re seeking to develop mostly on the footprints of existing buildings and to create a more designed central parkland area than currently exists on the site. These plans include cycle paths, walkways and areas of open space which will enhance this site for current and future communities of Jordanhill.”  

Read the full open letter here