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Axis Mason further develop City Wharf designs ahead of site start

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February 15 2016

Axis Mason further develop City Wharf designs ahead of site start
Axis Mason Architects have refined their proposals for City Wharf having obtained planning consent for the 603 home private rental scheme on behalf of Dandara.

This will see heights reduced throughout with the tallest element falling from 18 to 16 storeys, although overall density will remain unchanged, together with removal of a planned 1,616sq/m of commercial space.

As before the eastern edge of the site along Piccadilly Street will be landscaped to create Anderston Walk, a linear park and waterfront ‘civic square’ intended to buffer residents in the shadow of the Kingston Bridge, although this will now form an unbroken corridor to the river.

In their design statement the architects noted: “On the outer ‘public’ facades an ordered frame with linear balconies or an ordered arrangement of projecting balconies is applied. A datum is created at two storeys with the use of a solid balcony and an enhanced material finish on these lower floors. The datum is repeated and tied through to the other proposed buildings on the site. Vertical balcony screens, made of perforated metal, are added to the upper floors to allow protection to the elements and create a defined top to the building.”

Construction is expected to get underway in the third quarter.
East to west routes also threaded through two courtyard and one L-shaped block with residents amenity space peppered between
East to west routes also threaded through two courtyard and one L-shaped block with residents amenity space peppered between
Parkland will be used to negate the negative environment around the Kingston Bridge
Parkland will be used to negate the negative environment around the Kingston Bridge

6 Comments

Yaldy
#1 Posted by Yaldy on 15 Feb 2016 at 19:53 PM
Get it built. I lean towards BC on proper city centre sites, but just get this built. Awful car park or something right now on this site, right by the river in the UK's second city
D to the R
#2 Posted by D to the R on 15 Feb 2016 at 20:48 PM
Not sure exactly how that corner is being 'expressed' any differently than the other ones ? And the enhanced materials on the upper floors? About 60m in the air where nobody cares if there enhanced or not
Fraser
#3 Posted by Fraser on 16 Feb 2016 at 10:52 AM
I would agree that the corner has not particularly been addressed, it looks like there is something missing. I feel they could of been bolder and introduced a taller element on the corner with a reduction in massing away from the motorway. But, considering it is an awful waste of a site as it is, it needs to be built. The general materiality and aesthetic I find not bad considering the commercialism of this kind of architecture.
modernish
#4 Posted by modernish on 16 Feb 2016 at 10:54 AM
Good luck 'negating' the Kingston Bridge with a handful of trees! D to the R, I guess the enhanced materials at that level is because that's about level with all the queuing cars on the bridge...
Saint Vincent
#5 Posted by Saint Vincent on 16 Feb 2016 at 15:23 PM
Difficult site to address, always has been. Good luck to AM if they can get this built-will hopefully kick start barren landscape in that area....
Billy
#6 Posted by Billy on 16 Feb 2016 at 17:47 PM
There seems to be a fear of building anything higher than 30 storeys. In merchant city I understand but not down in the fonancial district. As for the Kingston bridge surely they could tart it up in some way with lighting or artwork to lessen its ugliness. You think of the nice bridges all over the world and what do we get? It has to be functional but what a wart on the riverscape.

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