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Glasgow’s Custom House grows up with ‘family’ of new neighbours

June 15 2018

Glasgow’s Custom House grows up with ‘family’ of new neighbours
Artisan Real Estate Investors are taking forward an ambitious transformation of the Clyde waterfront with proposals for a 294 room 4* Clayton Hotel on the site of the A-listed Customs House as part of a ‘family’ of new interventions.

Demolition work is already underway to clear the way for extension and refurbishment work which will add to the growing scale of development along the north bank of the River Clyde.

Outlining the vision architects Sheppard Robson wrote: “The vision for the proposed scheme is one of a high-quality mixed-use development led by new contemporary architectural solutions, which sensitively respond to the existing built environment while enhancing and safeguarding the historic Custom House setting.

The classically inspired solution consciously ditches aluminium cladding and curtain wall glazing for a more solid aesthetic across three distinct masonry clad new build elements of highly modelled brick, including a double-height loggia along Clyde Street and public realm enhancements.

A stepped form along Dixon Street allows a number of external public spaces to be created offering views to the south and west.

Separation between the Custom House and a new hotel block will allow a public top lit arcade and courtyard space to be created, overlooked by a ground floor bar, restaurant and break out space and intersected by a series of bridges offering high-level access.
A former archway will be reinstated in a refurbished Custom House facade, restoring its symmetry
A former archway will be reinstated in a refurbished Custom House facade, restoring its symmetry
Clyde Street is moving uip with a succession of high-rise proposals
Clyde Street is moving uip with a succession of high-rise proposals


To hell with this place
#1 Posted by To hell with this place on 15 Jun 2018 at 12:27 PM
Och, that hurts. Solid carbuncle candidate.
Remember the original plans so much hated?

Be careful what you hate for then...
Gandalf the Pink
#2 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 15 Jun 2018 at 12:42 PM
Chances of the full scheme being built......
#3 Posted by Pablo on 15 Jun 2018 at 13:16 PM
Yes please!

Believe it when I see it being built though...
#4 Posted by Bob on 15 Jun 2018 at 13:19 PM
The 3rd image from St Enochs is especially ugly. What is the point of the big rusty steel plate on the top? A lot of effort just to destroy the view down Buchanan Street. I hope this doesn't get built.
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 15 Jun 2018 at 13:53 PM
This looks really good to me. I especially like the view from st enoch. But I think we've all lost count of the number of good looking, unbuilt proposals in Glasgow. Believe it when I see it.
#6 Posted by Pleasantfield on 15 Jun 2018 at 13:55 PM
"Sensitively responds to the existing environment" NO!!!!!
#7 Posted by Jaded on 15 Jun 2018 at 22:57 PM
I love this.

#8 Posted by Billy on 16 Jun 2018 at 02:45 AM
Hope they just get on with it now. This area needs footfall. Too long we have neglected our waterfront . Most cities would showcase their assets. It’s natural that a lot of tourists would venture down to the world famous Clyde. More activity in this area should improve safety. In the summer months it would be nice to have the continental market line the south side of Clyde St. With the news of this development and the Tradeston one things appear to be looking up. Not been in the city centre for a while, has the Candleriggs development started? Or are we on course for another 20 years of a gap site there?
#9 Posted by picknmixarchitecture on 16 Jun 2018 at 06:45 AM
The building behind customs house looks is just too big, looks out of scale with everything else. It's a bit of a patchwork scheme but the one positive is it hopefully show that the adjacent stallan brand project is laughably out of scale with the rest of the river front.
Though does raise the question, what does GCC planning department actually have an overall strategy for city centre developments these days or do they just go with how they feel in the moment?
Jaded 'n aw
#10 Posted by Jaded 'n aw on 16 Jun 2018 at 09:29 AM
Don't totally love it but something needs to get built. Fed up seeing glasgow with its mixture of upper floors of pigeon apartment and gap site car parks.
#11 Posted by Sigh on 16 Jun 2018 at 21:43 PM
How long till Customs House mysteriously spontaneously combusts?
#12 Posted by Lm on 18 Jun 2018 at 12:59 PM
Such a clutter ... no order, no connection, no finesse, no nothing ....
Colin Boyd
#13 Posted by Colin Boyd on 18 Jun 2018 at 17:29 PM
A rather insulting headline given the neglected state of Customs House. If planners devoted as much effort to matchmaking buildings like Customs House with tenants, rather than smoothing the way for commercial proposals full of pat verbiage like "classically inspired" the city would be in a less dilapidated state.
Stephen R
#14 Posted by Stephen R on 19 Jun 2018 at 12:35 PM
Sensitive? are we really to believe that? the scale is ridiculous and the elevation lines don't run through with anything in particular at the scale of Custom house. Why do people confuse developments like this with attracting 'foot fall' its about amenity not high rise nonsense! the scale of these buildings will not enhance the view down Buchanan at all. Look a high rise in the distance lets walk there...said no one ever.
#15 Posted by Billy on 26 Jan 2020 at 19:59 PM
Maybe we should let it rot and then it is demolished! Let’s be positive. New use. Preserved and proviiding jobs. Alternative?

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