Phased Trongate masterplan won’t get underway till Autumn 2016
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March 4 2015underway until September 2016 whilst mace and Mercer real Estate secure the necessary consents and clear remaining buildings on site.
A phased programme of works at the Candleriggs Quarter would see builders first move on-site to deliver a 597 bed student housing development, before moving onto delivery of 377 private rental apartments and a 124 bed hotel in March of the following year.
Not until October 2017 would work begin on a final phase of 135 homes for sale with full completion expected by March 2019.
In a planning statement JLL said ‘expedient determination’ of the planning application would be critical to meet this timescale, with discussions ongoing surrounding the façade retention of a B-listed property at 140-144 Trongate and demolition of further unlisted properties to the west of the application area.
The consultants add: “At ground floor level the scheme provides retail spaces to all street and square frontages. The intention is that units suitable for ‘High Street’ retailing are provided along the Trongate with the potential for a larger anchor store or small supermarket at the Candleriggs corner. This should help draw the success of Argyll Street further along the Trongate with a commensurate increase in footfall and general levels of quality in the streetscape.”
Designed to incorporate lower scale buildings around a central square with taller structures toward the perimeter with eight storeys above retail serving as a ‘plinth’ level above which will rise taller elements of 12, 13 and 17 storeys, the latter of which will include a rooftop ‘lantern’.
Cladding materials proposed by Richard Murphy Architects include a combination of precast concrete/reconstituted stone panels, solid timber doors, metal fascia panels, aluminium mesh and glass balustrades.
All street and square frontages will house ground floor retail - in stark contrast to the recently approved Buchanan Galleries extension
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