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£200m build to rent scheme to rejuvenate Glasgow's High Street

January 4 2018

£200m build to rent scheme to rejuvenate Glasgow's High Street
Plans for a £200m neighbourhood spanning 7.5 acres of land off Glasgow's High Street have been submitted to Glasgow City Council by residential investor Get Living.

This will see 727 build to rent homes built behind High Street rail station in addition to a new public square, 99 student studios and circa 3,365sqm of retail, leisure, food, drink and commercial business space. All of which will be accessible from new tree-lined routes, connecting the Merchant City to the East End.

Stallan-Brand architects and Woolgar Hunter have drawn up the up the plans alongside internationally-renowned urban landscape designers Martha Schwartz Partners and LDA Design, rounding off revitalissation of the former railway goods yard.

Get Living CEO, Neil Young, commented: "We believe this new neighbourhood at High Street will be an ideal fit for this part of the city and bring what is currently an invisible site back to life."

Assuming planning consent to be forthcoming work could begin by the end of the year.
Independent access will be provided off Bell Street
Independent access will be provided off Bell Street
Low and high-level roof terraces will offer spaces for residents to relax
Low and high-level roof terraces will offer spaces for residents to relax


#1 Posted by Sven on 7 Jan 2018 at 15:34 PM
This is where the University of Glasgow was for 400 years and the historic Blackfriar monastery stood. The High Street is as historic as Edinburgh's and until the mid Victorian age more beautiful. It is a shame that the area has been left to die for the past 70 years or so and more of a shame that buildings that reflected the local vernacular are not being used, instead of this anywhere-ville design to be sold to students and rootless investors.
#2 Posted by HappyasLarry on 7 Jan 2018 at 17:12 PM
Could be anywhere - For what it's worth, in a free world, we're helpless to prevent Investors/CEOs such as Neil Young from blowing through our cities like a hurricane with bland schemes and then leaving us to live with the damage done.
#3 Posted by Jaded on 7 Jan 2018 at 17:55 PM
I like this. Slightly above average filler, nice density and decent public realm. Can't really ask for more in this spot - should really help bring footfall to the merchant city and will also knit together the Barras and the rest of the city centre.
#4 Posted by StyleCouncil on 8 Jan 2018 at 12:06 PM
Desolation in the making. Average, olympic athlete village style images with bland, copy cat (2008 vintage) architecture. Surprised by S+B.
#5 Posted by JuiceTerry on 8 Jan 2018 at 13:37 PM
Ordinarily, I'd be in favour of this but am I right in presuming that if this went ahead as per the site plan, it would scupper any hopes of the Crossrail project going ahead?
#6 Posted by MC on 8 Jan 2018 at 13:48 PM
Before the inevitable armchair-experts of architecture pull this apart (see above already), it's worth noting how little these renders show of the wider scheme. When you dig a little deeper into the plans on the GCC site you [slowly] get a sense of a more interesting development. Two of the buildings are over 19 storeys, so there's decent height, the finishes all vary so it'll look pretty diverse and the proposed bridge into Collegelands is a great opportunity to do something quite striking. Is it RIBA winning right now? Probably not. But until we get a better visualisation of how this site will come together, it's far too early to write it off. As a Dennistouner, I'm pretty excited.
#7 Posted by Liam on 8 Jan 2018 at 15:27 PM
if approved this would really bugger up any future plans for Crossrail. I believe Paul Sweeney who comments here sometimes and is now an MP has pointed this out previously...
#8 Posted by HappyasLarry on 9 Jan 2018 at 08:37 AM
#6 I'll take your point to dig deeper - perhaps this is the rare developer with a care for good design, the city, who has a Heart of Gold.
#9 Posted by MoFloDohBro on 9 Jan 2018 at 10:47 AM
Looks like the Wyndford.
#10 Posted by monkey9000 on 10 Jan 2018 at 11:01 AM
The connection and corner with Bell Street looks weak in the plan. Can this be bolstered to give a more definite connection with the existing city rather than a closed quarter?
#11 Posted by John on 10 Jan 2018 at 15:20 PM
This is a very prominent gap site and any development would be welcome given good enough quality, which this proposal has. On the other hand, there are issues regarding permeability. Access from the north-east/south-west is possible but the impossibility of movement to the east will result in even decreasing footfall towards the back of the site and a long journey on foot to reach, for example, the Morrisons store nearby.

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