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Glasgow inches skyward with Tradeston masterplan

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June 27 2018

Glasgow inches skyward with Tradeston masterplan
Stallan-Brand Architects have been quick off the mark to file a planning application for Buchanan Wharf, just days after Glasgow City Council consented to the sale of land to help make the project a reality.

Conceived by Drum Property Group the masterplan calls for a mixed-use build on the south bank of the River Clyde at Tradeston, opening up a series of new squares and pocket parks accessible from a newly landscaped quayside.

Around 900,000sq/ft of grade A office space and over 300 homes will be built opposite Tradeston Bridge with relatively low-rise elements framed by higher building pushed to the southern perimeter - maximising daylight to public areas.

A ‘high reader’ element of up to 18 storeys will be located at the corner of Kingston and Commerce Street’s to create a more favourable first impression for rail travellers arriving in the city. Site constraints will however require partial demolition of the B-listed Kingston House, with only the two primary facades retained as a ‘free-standing sculpture’.

In a statement the architects wrote: “The design continues to evolve supported by what we would endorse as a robust and well-founded masterplan.”

Spanning five phases of work a start on site could be made by October for completion by summer 2021.
Significant public realm work will be required to bring life to a desolate stretch of riverfront
Significant public realm work will be required to bring life to a desolate stretch of riverfront
The shell of Kingston House will stand as a sculptural set-piece within the revitalised quayside
The shell of Kingston House will stand as a sculptural set-piece within the revitalised quayside

Varied massing is proposed to create a 'layered' skyline
Varied massing is proposed to create a 'layered' skyline

12 Comments

Johnjo
#1 Posted by Johnjo on 27 Jun 2018 at 11:19 AM
"...Kingston and Commerce Street's.."
Will whoever is responsible for this stop pluralising nouns by adding an apostrophe-s?
Time was when this sort of mistake was sorted out by the end of P3.
Pablo
#2 Posted by Pablo on 27 Jun 2018 at 11:59 AM
I mean, it looks okay, but it's a little dull. The towers toward the tracks are the best bits. Not a patch on the previous iteration. Seems to have has the oomph taken out of it.
monkey9000
#3 Posted by monkey9000 on 27 Jun 2018 at 12:00 PM
Would create a more favourable image of the city if some of these grand plans actually ever got built!
Graeme McCormick
#4 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 27 Jun 2018 at 15:49 PM
This site is crying out for a signature building for a new GSA . What’s proposed is uninspiring .
David
#5 Posted by David on 27 Jun 2018 at 17:17 PM
I agree with the second comment. It would be a most welcome addition, but it is disappointing to see the original render watered down; I would have preferred the new blocks here to have more height being on the waterfront.
Billy
#6 Posted by Billy on 27 Jun 2018 at 20:49 PM
Wish someone would grow some. This is typical of Glasgow. Watered down and utterly boring. Can’t wait for it to be demolished in 20 years time. Really? Original plans got thumbs up from most people. And now this? Someone is having a laugh at Glasgow’s expense. Questions need to be asked about who decides what is good enough. They need a job change and soon.
Gandalf the Pink
#7 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 27 Jun 2018 at 22:19 PM
No point getting upset about it as it won't be built.
RMCD
#8 Posted by RMCD on 27 Jun 2018 at 22:29 PM
Good grief...!
What is this? Are Stallard Brand losing their design touch, or have they finally given up and sold their sole to the commercial animals who want to put this eye sore on such a prominent site?!
I am so tired of seeing this unimaginative, uninspiring rectangular grided facade that everybody is doing.
Zzzzzzzzzzzz........
A Local Pleb
#9 Posted by A Local Pleb on 29 Jun 2018 at 13:19 PM
Very disappointing when compared to that conveyed on Drum's own web-site http://www.drumpropertygroup.com/development/buchanan-wharf-a-new-city-centre-quarter/
Sohail Jafar
#10 Posted by Sohail Jafar on 30 Jun 2018 at 11:55 AM
I’m disappointed that there’s not enough height in Glasgow, and they come up with this? Why are they evolving the plans when the initial design was great?!
Someone who shall be named
#11 Posted by Someone who shall be named on 30 Jun 2018 at 12:31 PM
As a millennial, I was excited by the first design plans Stallan gave us, and even though I like the Commerce Street side of the plans, I hate how there isn’t any consistency with the other plot of lands. Why low rise? This should be a regeneration of HIGH rise buildings. The only other good thing about this is that the developers said that the plans are “evolving” - it better evolve into greatness by the end!
Billy
#12 Posted by Billy on 3 Jul 2018 at 08:50 AM
What’s going on? The Evening Times today show the original design? Hoping that they have opted with the build them high, original design. Another article shows that the facade of the old ‘What everywoman wants building’ will be retained on Argyle st. If all is true my confidence for the future of the city centre will be restored. Now if only they would get on with it. And does anyone know if Candleriggs is going ahead or not?

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