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Barratt begin marketing push for The Botanics

July 27 2015

Barratt begin marketing push for The Botanics
David Wilson Homes, a division of the Barratt Group, has begun marketing a collection of 94 apartments and townhouses at The Botanics following the commencement of groundworks.

Occupying the grounds of the former BBC Studios off Queen Margaret Drive and Hamilton Drive the £45m CDA designed scheme will overlook both the River Kelvin and Botanic gardens with a series of blocks clad in brick and sandstone.

This will open up public access to the site via a new access road with a viewing platform offering vantage across the River Kelvin.
The plans have been amended from an earlier 2012 application drawn up on behalf of West Register Properties.

Completion of the first homes is expected by spring 2016.
Barratt promise to open up public access to the west end site
Barratt promise to open up public access to the west end site
G1 Group have refurbished the former BBC office on Hamilton Drive as their new headquarters in a separate development
G1 Group have refurbished the former BBC office on Hamilton Drive as their new headquarters in a separate development


#1 Posted by Clive on 27 Jul 2015 at 13:16 PM
I like the townhouses. The proportions work, with a modern interpretation of the traditional row house. The bold length of the unbroken building works here. I am not enamoured by the apartments, however. The design talent was concentrated on the high-revenue townhouses. The change in material at the top, to the rear, seems a little arbitrary without a change in form to complement it. I think the building fails to terminate adequately with the ground too, with very little interest at a pedestrian scale.
Kelvin Commuter
#2 Posted by Kelvin Commuter on 27 Jul 2015 at 13:53 PM
Don't be fooled by the false image 3.

The actual river Kelvin is at the bottom of a massive bank, about the same height as those 7 storey towers again. The lift towers are already up and look HUGE. Not exactly the duck pond image they are showing.

Not convinced by the townhouses, although at lease they are the right height. Pity they didnt break up the endless Stalinist block into something more human / house scaled.
#3 Posted by Stephen on 27 Jul 2015 at 14:36 PM
@ 2
I like the street elevation. It seems to have power and repose and the garden thresholds will inevitably soften and humanise it. Admirable restraint shown and (if detailed well with good quality materials), this should be a nice addition to Glasgow and feels like it relates and is specific to it. The length and rigour seem to reference a number of Georgian, classically inspired terraces.
The railings/balustrades need a bit of work mind you… and the less said about the flats the better.
#4 Posted by qmd on 27 Jul 2015 at 17:06 PM
Is there any latest plan or section? This is an architecture website and there isn't any info about that? Perspective can be rather deceiving...
Auntie Nairn
#5 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 28 Jul 2015 at 12:00 PM
I don't know, the terrace of townhouses is a bit relentless. If you're going to reference a Georgian archetype, as with the corner features, why not introduce a central feature, or even a subtle curve in the plan?
Good, but could be better - as for the flats? Oh no.
#6 Posted by Lucy on 7 Oct 2015 at 07:11 AM
Clearly all efforts for any aesthetic merit have been invested in the street elevation - the townhouses. The number of people who see those will be very small, given that it is not a busy street. The river aspect will be viewed by thousands of people every day. On a Summer's evening, over 200 people pass the weir on the Kelvin walkway in just an hour, and over 500 traverse the Eastern pavement of the Queen Margaret Drive bridge between 8.30 and 9.30am, even outside of university term time. That stretch of the River Kelvin runs between two stops on the open top tourist bus tour of Glasgow. It could barely be a more prestigious site. That those flats have so little architectural merit is a tragedy for Glasgow.
Justin Ward
#7 Posted by Justin Ward on 7 Oct 2015 at 10:35 AM
If IKEA built flats...
Bugs Bunny
#8 Posted by Bugs Bunny on 7 Oct 2015 at 12:43 PM
What a lovely modern council flat theme... I'm
Sure it will go well with the Grade 2 Georgian Hamilton Drive which is probably one of Glasgows most notably important sandstone terraces architecturally ... In the green leafy conservation area. Clearly no thought for what the residents thought. They originally wanted a sky scraper affect. Thanks for ruining a great street.
#9 Posted by Rabbie on 7 Oct 2015 at 13:06 PM
#8 The buidlings on Hamilton Drive are not Georgian.
#10 Posted by Cynical on 7 Oct 2015 at 13:20 PM
You take some badly educated Glasgow City Council Planning teams with little architectural knowledge, experience, passion or affiliation to the area, and you give them a few corporate dinners, cheeky handshakes (and brown paper bags). And voila... You can have what you want #developersinbedwiththecouncil #glaagowcitycouncilvandalisecityheritageyetagain
Charles Renwick
#11 Posted by Charles Renwick on 8 Oct 2015 at 22:23 PM
We appealed against the height of the flats - to no avail! The reality is even worse than our worst fears completely destroying the tranquility and beauty of this corner of Glasgow - shame on the planners to have allowed such an inappropriate development in a Conservation area!

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