Pre-planning consultation launched for £75m Glasgow city block rebuild
June 9 2016
within the central grid of Glasgow.
This will see a portion of the existing BHS building demolished to make way for a 12-storey office block housing 130,000sq/ft of grade A office space on the corner of Renfield and Bath Street, allowing for new pedestrian through-fares to be created linking to a central public square in the process.
Whilst designs remain at an early stage this new block will derive influence from classical Victorian architecture, principally the elevational proportions of James Miller’s Union Bank of Scotland.
In a statement the architects said: “The majority of the existing BHS buildings ground level is either a solid wall or display raised on a plinth. One of Stallan-Brand's primary objectives is to significantly improve urban permeability to the whole site and connect to the Sauchiehall lane system.”
In addition to this two adjoining, though structurally separate, buildings on Sauchiehall Street will be retained subject to extensive remodelling of the remaining BHS building to create an ‘exposed structure and industrial aesthetic’ - realising a further 240,000sq/ft of retail and office space.
Formal Investments will occupy the entire fifth floor of the offices with the remainder of the building to be offered for let.
A drop-on consultation is being held at the CitizenM hotel, Renfrew Street, until 20:00 tonight.
A key design aspiration is to re-open Sauchiehall Lane, severed by construction of the BHS store in the seventies
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