Developers flesh out £100m Merchant City plan
August 22 2014£100m development in Glasgow’s Merchant City, vowing to deliver a mix of uses and public realm enhancements to the prominent plot.
Plans are in train to deliver up to 500 homes, a 120 bed hotel, ground floor retail and accommodation for 450 students on a block bounded by Hutcheson Street, Trongate, Candleriggs and Wilson Street.
This collection of buildings would be diagonally bisected by a pedestrian route driven through the heart of the site, connecting the Trongate to Merchant Square with a public space at its heart fronted by bars and restaurants.
Mace development director Mike Myles told the Evening Times: “The value of a development is not just about how many buildings you can get onto a site but also the public spaces which make it more attractive. As a result, we are also trying to create a new diagonal pedestrian route into a new public square which will continue on to Merchant Square which is really successful.
“There will be a mix of uses with the student accommodation to the west of the site. To the east we have a hotel, private residential for sale, and private rented residential which will be high quality with a concierge and perhaps a gym, residents' lounges and private garden so there will be a real sense of community.”
A planning application is expected to be lodged by December with work beginning by summer 2016 for completion by 2020. Before then a public consultation will be held in City Halls, Candleriggs, between 14:00 and 20:00 at which indicative plans drawn up by Richard Murphy Architects will be shown for the first time.
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