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Glasgow office to hotel conversion to ‘complete the block’

March 10 2017

Glasgow office to hotel conversion to ‘complete the block’
ICA Architects have followed up a change of use application to convert the disused Douglas House office block on Glasgow’s Waterloo Street into a hotel by filing plans to replace the failed curtain walling while infilling upper storeys around the existing concrete frame.

This will retain the form of the existing building while infilling the recessed upper two floors to increase floorspace and 'complete the block'.

In a design statement ICA explained: “The existing proposal retains the step back to the 5th and 6th floors. This proposal infills this area to complete the block. Completing the block takes cues from surrounding offices.

“Profiled aluminium extrusions both horizontally and vertically provide a grid frame across the building. The grid provides depth
of reveals which are characteristic of the adjacent Conservation Area.

“The grid is continued into the new inserted block ensuring this retains depth of light and shade across the façade. The infill block sits slightly recessed and the aluminium box sections are clad to match the plinth. This completes the block whilst retaining the language of the existing proposal and ties the infill back to the plinth.”

Replacement cladding will take the form of aluminium curtain walling with clear glass and glazed ‘look-a-like’ panels.


#1 Posted by Fraser on 10 Mar 2017 at 12:27 PM
The previously proposed Keppie scheme was much better than this. This should be pulled down, Regardless of what ends up being built on the site.
town planner
#2 Posted by town planner on 10 Mar 2017 at 17:54 PM
The lack of ambition shown time and again in these new Glasgow developments is truly depressing. The American block-like lay-out of the city centre is crying out for an exciting tall building or two with great design.

Instead we get this, sadly worse than mediocre.
#3 Posted by Billy on 10 Mar 2017 at 20:19 PM
I could weep. Glasgow deserves so much better. Thought hotels were supposed to be inviting. Boring is an understatement . No height . No imagination. Glass box.
#4 Posted by Charlie_ on 11 Mar 2017 at 07:13 AM
It's a big improvement on what's there.

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