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January 7 2016

Flats plan to bring life to Glasgow’s east end
Glasgow Edinburgh Developments, working in conjunction with Grant Stafford Ltd, have submitted plans to build 54 apartments on a brownfield site at Bell Street, Glasgow.

Drawn up by Jewitt and Wilkie Architects the scheme will include 5,000sq/ft of commercial space alongside over forty parking spaces and is the first project to be delivered by the developer in the area since completion of a 178 apartment scheme at the Merchant Building, Glasgow Cross, in 2009.

Andrew Borthwick, director of Glasgow Edinburgh Developments, said: “The brief was fairly straightfoward as sales prices are still fairly conservative in the area, so not a repeat of our Glasgow Cross project but anything to bring life and vitality to that stretch is to be welcomed.”

Project architect Jon Jewitt remarked: "Our design philosophy was to compliment the existing residential development to the south of Bell Street and to create a positive streetscape contribution by setting the block back from the road and articulating the landscape deck with the first floor commercial unit to avoid a tightening of the space between the existing and proposed blocks. The extensive use of buff coloured brick and simple elevational lines are references to the former warehouses located around the site, whilst a rain screen cladding system is proposed to the northern elevation to assist the construction process adjacent to the railway line."

The seven storey brick-clad block will be offset from the street behind an entrance pavilion and rooftop terrace.
A heavily planted buffer zone will sit between homes and the railway
A heavily planted buffer zone will sit between homes and the railway
Ground floor commercial premises suited to an architectural practice
Ground floor commercial premises suited to an architectural practice

The development is a sister scheme to College Heights, a 2005 development across the road by the same developer
The development is a sister scheme to College Heights, a 2005 development across the road by the same developer
The development seeks to bring new life to the area around Glasgow's historic High Street
The development seeks to bring new life to the area around Glasgow's historic High Street

7 Comments

Cedric
#1 Posted by Cedric on 7 Jan 2016 at 15:09 PM
Sensational
BigDawg
#2 Posted by BigDawg on 7 Jan 2016 at 15:37 PM
Confused
Yaldy
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 7 Jan 2016 at 16:10 PM
Initially thought this was the site at bell st & candleriggs. Actually a good deal further out. Quite like it
Stuart7052
#4 Posted by Stuart7052 on 7 Jan 2016 at 18:20 PM
Not too much life on the ground floor in those images. Solid blank frontages
Cecil
#5 Posted by Cecil on 8 Jan 2016 at 11:05 AM
The tone of brick looks positive as are the regular widow openings/recesses. However the jagged pavement edge is rather disconcerting and will be ideal for collecting rubbish along with the covered entrances for 'ne'er-do-wells' to loiter. Although there is intent I would liked to have seen a better resolution to turning the corner as the primary approach elevation seems to have been forgotten.
D to the R
#6 Posted by D to the R on 8 Jan 2016 at 12:10 PM
I think what Cecil means it those recesses at ground floor as potentials piss holes.
Tam
#7 Posted by Tam on 8 Jan 2016 at 13:32 PM
The street frontage treatment is frankly a disgrace

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