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October 14 2016

Vacant Clyde-side offices lined up for 77 student flats
A vacant office building on Glasgow’s Clyde Street has been earmarked for 77 student flats under proposals drawn up by 21st Architecture and Silk (Clyde Three) – following their earlier plans to build a 17 storey tower on an adjacent plot.

Under the plans a C listed façade fronting Clyde Street would be retained whilst a more radical intervention would be undertaken at Fox Street to the rear which would be overclad in a corten steel mesh, gunmetal aluminum paneling and black zinc roofing.

A single storey ground floor extension would also be built, conceived as a ‘large singular floating element’ which would sit within the existing building lines. Internally new lifts and stairs will be installed to improve access.

In a design statement the architects ventured: “The Fox St facade would be retained with minor changes to windows and doors. The material palette is limited in keeping with the overall design approach of the neighboring approved proposal. The proposal will employ high quality external cladding materials in order to respect and enhance the area.”

The scheme is the latest in a growing crowd of proposals for the area including a 14 storey tower on the site of Typographical House and, most recently, with plans for a Style Mile hotel tower.
Access will be improved through addition of a single storey entrance pavilion
Access will be improved through addition of a single storey entrance pavilion
The majority of visible work will apply to the rear Fox Street facade
The majority of visible work will apply to the rear Fox Street facade

9 Comments

Stephen
#1 Posted by Stephen on 14 Oct 2016 at 12:24 PM
I will never understand why the planners think it appropriate to build such height along the Clyde. The design quality of more or less everything built/proposed there in the last half-century has also been utter garbage, this included. Why not align more or less with the nature and massing of the pre-existing buildings which are now being towered over and made to look ridiculous? And no, that doesn't mean it needs to be historicist or 'pastiche', just take a lead from it.
Yaldy
#2 Posted by Yaldy on 14 Oct 2016 at 13:33 PM
I'm all for putting some height here actually. Reckon it would look alright from the south side... https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55.8540523,-4.2552913,3a,75y,17.42h,79.12t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMLFzj3hDA-WpePfB8UTYhw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Yaldy
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 14 Oct 2016 at 13:38 PM
Also, does anyone know the current status of

(a) That Haus Collective build next door to this
(b) That Collective bronze thing along the road at the Briggait

?
MoFloCoCo
#4 Posted by MoFloCoCo on 14 Oct 2016 at 14:05 PM
#1 - Completely agree. Riverside House seems a good height for me. Don't think anything on Clyde Street needs to be higher than that.
On a positive note I'm delighted to see this building brought back into use. It's been empty far too long. Had started to think it would go the way of Egyptian Halls.
Stephen
#5 Posted by Stephen on 14 Oct 2016 at 14:33 PM
@2. I don't think a 12-17 storey wall is something to aspire to. I'd much prefer that the rest of the city is opened up to the Clyde, not overshadowed by the buildings along it.
Charlie_
#6 Posted by Charlie_ on 14 Oct 2016 at 19:57 PM
More height in the city centre is very welcome in my book. I just hope one of these developer pushes the button and actually builds something in this neck of town, it's like a gulag of forgotten living-dead schemes
Terra
#7 Posted by Terra on 15 Oct 2016 at 03:06 AM
It's better than the gap site currently there. As Charlie says; more height is always welcome, if done right. Hopefully it's tasteful and understated.
Robocop
#8 Posted by Robocop on 17 Oct 2016 at 13:51 PM
This is a complete joke

Never going to happen
Charlie_
#9 Posted by Charlie_ on 17 Oct 2016 at 20:32 PM
What's a joke and why wouldn't it happen? Numerous student schemes larger than the sum of these two go forward every year.

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