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£100m Atlantic Square project secures planning consent

July 15 2015

£100m Atlantic Square project secures planning consent
BAM and Taylor Clark Properties have secured planning consent for a £100m office and residential project at Atlantic Square, Glasgow.

Dominated by a 10 storey office block behind the retained façade of an A-listed warehouse the scheme will also include a smaller six storey office block and separate retail and residential build.

Mark Broderick, development director at BAM Properties, said: “There is no doubt that there is an appetite in the city for Grade A office development and despite significant investment recently, demand is still greater than supply so we’re confident Atlantic Square will be an attractive offering for potential occupiers.

“The development will extend and connect the IFSD area between Argyle Street, which will feature a gateway entrance arising from Building 3, to the river front on the Broomielaw and provide a new pedestrian link between York Street and James Watt Street."

The project has been drawn up by Cooper Cromar and BAM Design.


#1 Posted by David on 15 Jul 2015 at 13:51 PM
I like this. Often a new extrusion from an old facade doesn't work but I think the balance is good here.

Also liking the elevation style. It's clearly inspired by 1 West Regent Street, and I'd be happy seeing more of this style emerge around the city.

A new grid-iron for the grid-iron?...
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 15 Jul 2015 at 18:15 PM
Yeah, I like this paired down 'grid iron' style for Glasgow too, it seems to manage to feel (passably) sympathetic to the city centre's victoriana without merely doffing to it in materials or scale. You just wonder whether this will actually go ahead given the amount of speculative space coming on line this year and bothwell exchange seeming to be first in line to grab morgan & stanley
Auntie Nairn
#3 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 16 Jul 2015 at 13:57 PM
I don't know. This says to me "We didn't want to keep the existing facade, but didn't have a choice."
#4 Posted by David on 16 Jul 2015 at 14:21 PM
@ Auntie, would you rather the existing facade was demolished? It's a stunning piece of streetscape.,-4.263946,3a,85.3y,118.96h,108.75t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sK5QgiTPfqexc43lkCHWfOA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

#5 Posted by Scott on 16 Jul 2015 at 14:22 PM
Agreed Auntie Nairn!
Auntie Nairn
#6 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 17 Jul 2015 at 14:35 PM
David, no I wouldn't like to see the existing facade demolished - I'd like to see it paid a bit more respect - is that too much to ask?
#7 Posted by David on 21 Jul 2015 at 16:06 PM
I guess like always, it's each to their own in terms of opinions. Obviously the dream scenario is new build behind the facade, with our without a minor attic expressed, but let's face it, that would never happen. So an economically viable scheme that will save this facade is welcome, and like I said, I think the dramatic contrast between the 2 is great. To me it says we're not going to try and fudge a few more floors with a glass extrusion, and pretend it's invisible, no we're going to enliven the skyline with a bold new building for Glasgow.

Not bad in my opinion.

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