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New proposals for historic garage

New plans for Botanics Garage
The new plans for the garage were designed by Glasgow-based architects Keppie

The owner of a historic garage in the west end of Glasgow has published new development plans after a long-running dispute with local campaigners.

Arnold Clark Automobiles wants to turn the Botanic Gardens Garage in Vinicombe Street into residential, restaurant, retail and office space.

It dropped original plans to demolish the building after numerous objections.

The 100-year-old structure is believed by some heritage experts to be the world's oldest multi-storey car park.

Botanic Gardens Garage is the oldest motor garage surviving in Glasgow.

Designed by David V Wyllie and built between 1906 and 1912, it has a distinctive façade of green and white glazed terracotta tiles.

We have listened to and addressed issues raised and hope that our revised plans will be welcomed
Arnold Clark spokeswoman

The new proposals, designed by Glasgow-based architects Keppie, would see restoration, refurbishment and structural strengthening of the main garage building on Vinicombe Street and Vinicombe Lane, as well as a large section to the rear of the building.

It is also proposed that a central section to the rear is demolished and rebuilt as it is structurally unsound.

The front element of the building, including the decorative tile façade and other important architectural features, would be retained, strengthened and restored.

A spokeswoman from Arnold Clark said: "Our aim is to create a long term sustainable solution and to bring the building back to life.

"We wish to preserve the history and heritage by restoring and retaining its significant historic references.

"It is essential for us to find a viable use for it in the 21st century and ensure it has both an economic and structural future."

Listed status

The initial plans, which proposed to demolish the garage, sought permission to build about 35 flats on the site.

Sir Arnold Clark withdrew the application after more than 100 local residents objected.

Botanic Gardens Garage
The garage was built between 1906 and 1912

Following successful lobbying by campaigners, Historic Scotland upgraded the garage's listed status from category B to Category A.

This put it on a similar level of importance as Edinburgh Castle and Kelvingrove Museum.

A spokeswoman from Arnold Clark said the number of "residential units" in the new proposal had been reduced to 20.

She said this was a "critical point" as any further reduction would "result in the plans being economically unviable".

The spokeswoman added: "During the past three years we have consulted extensively on the importance of the building with local residents of Glasgow's west end and a variety of organisations and public bodies.

"We have listened to and addressed issues raised and hope that our revised plans will be welcomed."

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