Working in conjunction with Graeme Nicholls architects, Merchant Homes have submitted a proposal to Glasgow City Council for a major residential development at Albion Car Park, adjacent to Ibrox.

The plan would see 160 flats built across from the Bill Struth main stand at the junction of Broomloan Road and Edmiston Road.

The development would sit across from Ibrox stadium.

The development would sit across from Ibrox stadium. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s suggested that the development would look to blend into its surroundings with the colour scheme matching the brickwork on the main stand, whilst the structure may take a ‘bowl’ shape, in a nod to a greyhound track which once stood on the plot.

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“Our ambition for the Albion site is to create a residential development that is both sympathetic to and celebratory of, the history of the area,” reads the proposal, as quoted by Glasgow Live. “The site has gone through a number of iterations over the years including former uses as a greyhound stadium, and training ground.”

“The historical and current association with sports on the site is something we are keen to express in our design for the new development.”

“In terms of housing as a typology, the established model in the Ibrox area is tenemental perimeter blocks of 4 stories, and we are proposing this as the model for our own development too.

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“We are proposing a development of circa 160 flats which will be fully compliant with the new ‘Glasgow Standard’ design standards.”

The proposed residential development would match the colour of the iconic Ibrox main stand. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/AFP via Getty Images)

The proposal was submitted in mid-March, just a few days after Rangers took on Bayer Leverkusen at Ibrox in the Europa League.

Due to restrictions in place on gatherings due to the global health crisis, the public consultation has moved online, with Merchant Homes looking for feedback before submitting their final plans.

Rangers recently received praise from supporters for offering free use of the Albion Car Park to key workers.

This is the latest planned redevelopment in the area after the Rangers Charity Foundation received city council approval in October 2019 to renovate the Ibrox Community Complex [rangerscharity.org].

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