Twin towers to stand tall over Blythswood Hill
March 7 2017£105m vision to deliver 450 homes for private rent in Glasgow, have staged an initial consultation outlining their indicative plans.
To be delivered in tandem with a 500 home Edinburgh build Holland Park will take the place of Strathclyde Police’s former HQ on Pitt Street/Holland Street and is intended to act as a bridge between the city’s office core and Sauchiehall Street - by breathing life to a forgotten corner of city real estate.
This will be achieved by fashioning a publicly accessible central courtyard sandwiched between two towers, carving a diagonal through route between the NE and SW corners. Overseen by Haus Architects and Oobe Landscape Architects the twin tower scheme faces east and west and is interlinked by lower rise connecting structures to the north and south - with a rooftop residents eyrie offering 360 degree views.
Outlining their emerging design concept Moda state: “A shared publicly accessible courtyard is carved from the central space in reference to the traditional and established back courts of Glasgow. The volume of mass is considered from a common ground floor datum to allow for the development of level transitions that address street frontage and permeability while creating active frontages.”
Tree planting and shared surfaces will see Holland Street reduced in girth, fashioning a more generous pedestrian environment in the expectation of the pending regeneration of the former High School. Significant level differences meanwhile will be taken advantage of through introduction of terraced steps and seating.
A planning application is expected by June enabling a potential start on-site to be made in march 2018. A targeted completion date is currently penciled in for March 2021.
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