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Credential resubmit Venlaw Tower plan

November 12 2014

Credential resubmit Venlaw Tower plan
Credential Holdings have resubmitted plans to build a residential tower on the corner of Elmbank Gardens at 349 Bath Street, Glasgow, after staging a pre-application consultation event – which saw just one feedback sheet completed over the course of five days.

First submitted back in 2010 the build, backed by just £9m, is intended to ‘breathe life’ into the Seifert designed  Elmbank Gardens complex, a section of which has no pavement, by improving public realm on Newton Street with an extended and widened pedestrian route.

With consent for an approved 18 storey office tower, deemed uneconomical in the present market, due to lapse in 2015 the developer has instructed ZM Architecture to revisit a 2010 tower proposal for 83 flats with no on-site parking, in addition to 205sq/m of ground floor commercial space.

The built form of the resulting solution steps down to meet the adjoining Venlaw building based on a 1:2:3 height progression from the existing building. Unlike its neighbour the new build will be predominantly clad in glass with white cement fibre modular cladding panels reserved for the eastern elevation.

A vertically banded feature glass and steel mesh tiles serving as a crown, which will be back-illuminated at night and the podium will be faced in concrete and Portland stone or a stone composite panel.
Credential own the adjacent Tay House
Credential own the adjacent Tay House
Glass gives way to a wall of fibre cement concrete on the eastern elevation
Glass gives way to a wall of fibre cement concrete on the eastern elevation


#1 Posted by Urgh on 12 Nov 2014 at 19:58 PM
Please god no.
Mac Mac
#2 Posted by Mac Mac on 12 Nov 2014 at 20:33 PM
OMG, it makes you want to weep.
Is there any strategy for the motorway corridor??? Or is it a free for all?
Town Planner
#3 Posted by Town Planner on 12 Nov 2014 at 21:11 PM
Please God yes! Ok not the best skyscraper the world has ever seen, but Glasgow badly needs a bit more elevation in its skyline. Every other city of comparable size in the UK, let alone anywhere else in the world, is building tall exciting buildings, can they all be wrong?
#4 Posted by monkey9000 on 13 Nov 2014 at 09:14 AM
Apart from it looking like a fudged copy of the Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas (which could never be a good starting point) and it's Bath St elevation looks like the back of a bus, what the heck lets just build it as Town Planner recommends!
Jane Jacobs
#5 Posted by Jane Jacobs on 13 Nov 2014 at 09:27 AM
told ye so...
#6 Posted by Egbert on 13 Nov 2014 at 09:35 AM
Gross, overscaled and under-detailed. This makes 110 Queen Street look subtle and well-mannered. GCC need to get a hold of this undead revived-development 'boom' before it tears the city to bits.
#7 Posted by james on 13 Nov 2014 at 09:38 AM
A fairly average Dallas slick skin type op-effect tower with the service core as the Achilles heel. Sorry, wrong site, wrong city, or is it just money that talks? That can't be right, surely?
#8 Posted by bonvivant on 13 Nov 2014 at 15:46 PM
#Town Planner … yes. Develop several empty plots to a lower rise instead and help repair the fabric of our cities.
D to the R
#9 Posted by D to the R on 13 Nov 2014 at 16:47 PM
Glass gives way to the value engineered ... its roon' the back so a couldnae care less aesthetic ... cool beans man
Modernists glass brigade
#10 Posted by Modernists glass brigade on 16 Nov 2014 at 12:01 PM
on the ground, the real problem I feel with the new Glasgow skyline is the depths to which architectural design and urban planning have descended. The criticism – hurled against ZM like the spears of Ancient Britons fighting the civilised Romans – is, I think, a bottled up attack on our low standards of design and the beetle-browed politics that have allowed so many poor tall buildings to have been rushed up. Whatever its flaws – and all its many floors – is a much better building than most of the flakes below it.
#11 Posted by tayhousearchitect on 13 Dec 2015 at 02:00 AM
phew! glad I missed this last year - what happened to scale, texture, depth, modelling, a top, middle and base?? and the rendering tells all.
#12 Posted by Billy on 13 Dec 2015 at 13:41 PM
Am I alone in thinking Tay house needs torn down. Eyesore since day one. At least the glass tower is an improvement on the carbuncle over the motorway . Dated and to think that this may be one of the first impressions of Glasgow for people coming from the airport. What were they thinking of? Maybe we have to look abroad for architects.
#13 Posted by Fraser on 13 Dec 2015 at 23:54 PM
I assume that this proposal is now defunct.

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