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Landmark apart-hotel to make a statement on Renfrew Street

March 10 2023

Landmark apart-hotel to make a statement on Renfrew Street

Peveril Securities and PMI Developments have held a second public consultation on plans to erect a landmark aparthotel on the corner of Cambridge Street and Renfrew Street in Glasgow city centre.

The existing site at 19-21 Cambridge Street, home to a vacant department store, will be swept aside in favour of a dramatic 14-floor tower.

Hitting the street with an active frontage of a reception, lounge and bar the remainder of the ground floor will host stores, a laundry and staff offices. Upper levels will each host a mixture of studios and one-bedroom guest apartments

In a consultation statement, Haus Collective wrote: "Typical mid-levels introduce the horizontal setback to celebrate key datums established by the context, creating depth in the façade and introducing a variety of studio and 1-bed guestroom types.

"At upper levels, the proposal is eroded to the south and west, carving the massing in response to neighbouring context. This also enhances the ability to fully activate elevations at height, providing guestrooms with views across the Glasgow skyline."

Interested parties have until 22 March to inform the design development. 

Demolition and increased scale is justified by the sites position in a strategic economic area
Demolition and increased scale is justified by the sites position in a strategic economic area
High density development will draw increased footfall to the area
High density development will draw increased footfall to the area

Setbacks will break up the apparent massing of the block
Setbacks will break up the apparent massing of the block
The tower shares a boundary with the unlisted former Dunnes department store
The tower shares a boundary with the unlisted former Dunnes department store

7 Comments

pooka
#1 Posted by pooka on 10 Mar 2023 at 12:55 PM
are we moving the dental hospital further up sauchiehall
Roddy_
#2 Posted by Roddy_ on 10 Mar 2023 at 13:52 PM
God, how dreich and dreary.

I wonder if Glasgow designers need some joy therapy? Seems to be following the conveyor belt of loveless point blocks the city has made its recent stock in trade.

And weirdly bears more resemblance to the adjacent Doubletree than anythings else.
DJ
#3 Posted by DJ on 10 Mar 2023 at 16:01 PM
Yuck, however, i suppose the design is honest in acknowledging it should really have a set back, except they couldn't be bothered and so we get this weird belly band which isn't fooling anybody.
Sue Pearman
#4 Posted by Sue Pearman on 10 Mar 2023 at 16:30 PM
I can't really see any justification for any kind of tower here. Are they suggesting that because it's next to Fleming House, which is was a 60's era error, that this means another overscaled mass will be ok? It's on the approach to the art school too.
town planner
#5 Posted by town planner on 10 Mar 2023 at 18:28 PM
Disagree #4 I have no issue with the height, but design could certainly be better.
James Hepburn
#6 Posted by James Hepburn on 12 Mar 2023 at 13:28 PM
And the statement is 'God that's ugly.' Why are Scottish architects so bloody awful?
John Craven
#7 Posted by John Craven on 14 Mar 2023 at 10:42 AM
The tower would certainly be better moved into the centre of the block where it will have less impact on the street, maintaining the established facade height and minimising overshadowing. One might question as to whether it is suitable at all from an urban design point of view and not just a developer overmilking the cow.

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