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November 15 2012

New plans submitted for former BBC Scotland headquarters
West Register Properties, in collaboration with CDA architects, have submitted fresh plans to transform BBC Scotland’s former headquarters at Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, into 79 apartments and 19 townhouses.

The £17.5m plans have been drawn up after the developer of a previous scheme (Applecross) went bust, contributing to an extended period of limbo since the BBC moved out in 2007.

Now the plot has been subdivided into its listed building and new build plots, with G1 Group tackling the former and CDA/WRP picking up the latter.

CDA’s approach is to open up the site to full public access, gradating the scale of their interventions to bridge differences in massing between North Park House and the terrace at Hamilton Drive.

Clad in pale blonde brickwork and buff sandstone the development will retain the existing wildlife corridor along the River Kelvin.
A new spine road will be built through the site
A new spine road will be built through the site
A viewing platform will afford views over the River Kelvin
A viewing platform will afford views over the River Kelvin

Barrier free access will be provided into the site for the first time
Barrier free access will be provided into the site for the first time
The developers have attempted to adapt traditional housing typologies
The developers have attempted to adapt traditional housing typologies

The massing of adjoining terraces will be reflected in the townhouses
The massing of adjoining terraces will be reflected in the townhouses
The western portion of the site is subject to a separate planning application
The western portion of the site is subject to a separate planning application

Townhouse elevations were amended slightly prior to submission of planning. These are the most up to date visualisations
Townhouse elevations were amended slightly prior to submission of planning. These are the most up to date visualisations

4 Comments

Art Vandelay
#1 Posted by Art Vandelay on 15 Nov 2012 at 15:25 PM
The townhouses look like they could be reasonably interesting. The flats are pretty horrific however.
Cheap as Chips
#2 Posted by Cheap as Chips on 16 Nov 2012 at 13:05 PM
I quite like the lower three storey blocks, but the concern I have is that the larger 6/7 storey blocks to the river remain as relatively bland boxes. There doesn't appear to be any effort into creating variety or interaction with the river.
wunderkind
#3 Posted by wunderkind on 16 Nov 2012 at 14:36 PM
Does someone have the accordia book sitting on their desk!?! Good precedent, but the terraces seem a little relentless in their length here...
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 21 Nov 2012 at 13:10 PM
Looks fine....but then again the similar scheme for Applecross looked fine....as did the previous Applecross scheme. I just hope that someone will build it.

Good idea increasing the amount of townhouses and reducing the underground parking... I guess West Register (land vehicle for RBS) has revised their view on the land value?

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