Arnold Clark loses chimney in new plans to beat food smells at listed West End site

By Ian Marland at

Arnold Clark has submitted a new scheme to deal with cooking fumes at its proposed eating and leisure complex in the West End.

New plans have been submitted for a flue system at the listed former car showroom on Vinicombe Street.

It follows approval for three restaurants, gym and community space granted to the car dealership giant.

Agents for the company have come back with what they say is a better scheme aesthetically and technically.

Work has been under way to renovate the building since the summer.

Scale: The Vinicombe Street  building is extensive according to the plans.

Scale: The Vinicombe Street building is extensive according to the plans.

Earlier this month three workmen were injured when an unstable wall at the back of the showroom collapsed.

The Health & Safety Executive launched an investigation into the incident.

The flue scheme has just been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

Planning consultants for Arnold Clark say in a letter that engineers have “identified what is considered to be a far better solution for the required flues in both technical and design/heritage terms”.

Muir Smith Evans say the original extraction chimney would have risen 12m above the height of the building.

“While this would clearly comply with relevant regulations … there is a strong argument that it does not represent the best solution from a visual/ aesthetic point of view or given the importance attached to the reservation/ enhancement of a Category A listed building within a conservation area.”

Engineers now propose to offset the ductwork at the top of the building cutting out the need for a huge towering chimney.

“The alternative arrangement now proposed would involve a lower discharge level with no ductwork visible from key viewpoints,” say the consultants.

“There would also be a significant benefit in terms of ongoing maintenance of the kitchen extract ductwork as the alternative arrangements would be easily accessible for cleaning.”

Arnold Clark says it has informed residents in the immediate area about its new plans.

Around a decade ago, local residents launched the Save the Botanic Gardens campaign when it was feared the garage would be partially destroyed.

In October 2007 Arnold Clark announced it was withdrawing the application to demolish the garage saying public opposition had played a large part in the decision.

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