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June 9 2016

Pre-planning consultation launched for £75m Glasgow city block rebuild
Stallan-Brand and Formal Investments have launched a pre-planning consultation for the redevelopment of a large urban block bounded by Sauchiehall, Renfield and Bath Street’s.
within the central grid of Glasgow.

This will see a portion of the existing BHS building demolished to make way for a 12-storey office block housing 130,000sq/ft of grade A office space on the corner of Renfield and Bath Street, allowing for new pedestrian through-fares to be created linking to a central public square in the process.

Whilst designs remain at an early stage this new block will derive influence from classical Victorian architecture, principally the elevational proportions of James Miller’s Union Bank of Scotland.

In a statement the architects said: “The majority of the existing BHS buildings ground level is either a solid wall or display raised on a plinth. One of Stallan-Brand's primary objectives is to significantly improve urban permeability to the whole site and connect to the Sauchiehall lane system.”

In addition to this two adjoining, though structurally separate, buildings on Sauchiehall Street will be retained subject to extensive remodelling of the remaining BHS building to create an ‘exposed structure and industrial aesthetic’ - realising a further 240,000sq/ft of retail and office space.

Formal Investments will occupy the entire fifth floor of the offices with the remainder of the building to be offered for let.

A drop-on consultation is being held at the CitizenM hotel, Renfrew Street, until 20:00 tonight.
A key design aspiration is to re-open Sauchiehall Lane, severed by construction of the BHS store in the seventies
A key design aspiration is to re-open Sauchiehall Lane, severed by construction of the BHS store in the seventies
Two-thirds of a prominent city centre block are affected by the proposals
Two-thirds of a prominent city centre block are affected by the proposals

9 Comments

Terra
#1 Posted by Terra on 9 Jun 2016 at 15:52 PM
Looks like a colossal improvement on the current building. Very nice indeed. I like that they are focusing on ground level and how people around the area use it.
Yaldy
#2 Posted by Yaldy on 9 Jun 2016 at 17:58 PM
YAAAASSSS!!! GTF old 70s (or whenever it was built...) monstrosity. Delighted about this
Charlie_
#3 Posted by Charlie_ on 9 Jun 2016 at 18:12 PM
I'd love to have seen some residential included in this but that aside this seems along exactly the right lines; the quicker it moves the better!
Sue Pearman
#4 Posted by Sue Pearman on 10 Jun 2016 at 09:26 AM
I like it - nice and simple. It does bear more than a passing resemblance to GMAD/Ryder's Odeon/ West Regent Street scheme round the corner though...
The Beard
#5 Posted by The Beard on 10 Jun 2016 at 09:38 AM
Ooft! what a cracker, needs more diffuse glow though
Fraser
#6 Posted by Fraser on 10 Jun 2016 at 11:31 AM
Excellent news! I especially like the access through the block, and the central public square. Hopefully a lot more of these proposal to come in the near future.
STW
#7 Posted by STW on 10 Jun 2016 at 14:26 PM
Good thing BHS has gone down the tubes ain't it and wow let me contain my excitement at yet another boring glass box
Billy
#8 Posted by Billy on 12 Jun 2016 at 09:22 AM
An improvement on what is there. I like proposed square as outside space . Better than the parklets idea elsewhere earmarked for Sauchiehall st. Glad the horror builds of yesteryears are being picked off for demolition or redeveloped.
Willie R
#9 Posted by Willie R on 13 Jun 2016 at 09:09 AM
"this new block will derive influence from classical Victorian architecture" - excuse my architectural ignorance but how does it do that, exactly?

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