Wharf vision detailed in revised Pacific Quay masterplan
August 13 2018
Cooper Cromar and Drum Property Group have filed plans for a revised masterplan for three hectares of land off Govan Road at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay.
Fronting the current Canting Basin the land has already received planning permission in principle for a mix of business, residential and amenity use which will slot within a ‘geometric framework’ to provide future flexibility.
These plans have been revised to subdivide the land into nine development plots, increasing the residential space on offer while adding a visitor centre and micro-distillery to the mix while opening up- view corridors to Govan Town Hall.
Explaining their masterplan approach Cooper Cromar wrote: “The central view corridor, terminating on the entrance to Govan Town Hall has been a key driver in the final positioning of the urban blocks.
“The pedestrian route through the centre of the site widens between the central plots to allow commercial activity to spill into this zone and provide usable amenity to all residents, sheltered from the road traffic to the south, and to a lesser extent the quayside road.
“The design of the Distillery has also been carefully positioned to allow the quayside road to terminate on a large picture window, housing 2 traditional copper whisky stills.”
Revised plans call for 25,000sq/m of office space alongside 450sq/m of leisure uses and 60 homes, each with active ground floor uses. All buildings will be unified through a common use of brick, with regular window reveals to create the impression of a ‘modern wharf’.
SNP City Architect? Anybody? Has that idea just been quietly dropped? These are the kinds of basic pieces of anti-urbanism that a city architect should kibosh.
Why is is the Dutch and guys like Caruso St John Architects (plus many others) can pull this typology off?
Oddly enough haven't heard much about this since they became the (albeit minority) council administration!
Then again, haven't heard much about their slightly more headline grabbing promise to "achieve the first extension to the Subway since its creation in the 1890s" either...
Big dumb biscuity boxes that have become the shorthand for 'housing' it seems.
Just pure beige........
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