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April 15 2019

Terracotta tower to evoke Glasgow’s Edwardian heyday

Drum Property Group are maintaining momentum at Buchanan Wharf with a detailed application for a build to rent tower on the eastern edge of Tradeston in Glasgow city centre.

The £85m development will deliver 324 apartments as part of a wider regeneration of three city blocks anchored by Barclays Bank the scheme overlooks the planned Kingston Square by way of a ground floor commercial unit and seeks to extend the city’s urban grain across the River Clyde.

Designed by Stallan-Brand architects the development will employ vertical format terracotta ‘planks’ to evoke a hand-crafted image above a hardwearing glass reinforced concrete base.

In a planning statement, the practice wrote: “We feel the inherent mass, patina, natural variation and richness created by the articulation of shadow offers a contemporary rework of the best examples of powerful and ornate Glaswegian architecture of the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras.”

Two communal terraces will be provided on the first and 16th floors.

Tenants will ahve the use of a high-level landscaped terrace to soak up city views
Tenants will ahve the use of a high-level landscaped terrace to soak up city views
The tower will front a new public square
The tower will front a new public square

12 Comments

A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 15 Apr 2019 at 12:53 PM
Whilst it is great to finally see more proposals to regenerate this part of the city I fail to see how the SB design in any way '...offers a contemporary rework of the best examples of powerful and ornate Glaswegian architecture of the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras...'
You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter
#2 Posted by You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter on 15 Apr 2019 at 13:16 PM
Woah, got to say that looks fantastic! Very much looking forward to this becoming a reality.
RJB
#3 Posted by RJB on 15 Apr 2019 at 13:39 PM
The massing looks great , especially the Lutyens style dissolving corners. Though i was hoping for a little more ornateness.
MacKintosh's Legacy
#4 Posted by MacKintosh's Legacy on 15 Apr 2019 at 14:31 PM
This will be a welcome replacement for the much loved towers that have sadly been demolished nearby. We need more banal 20 storey residential slabs to help boost the picturesque view of Glasgow as we approach from the train into Central station, the m74 and M8. I love too that we're trying to recreate as many as possible of the much loved health benefits of the old Glasgow single end, single aspect small flats with no through ventilation (nearly 50% of the flats here). Glasgow moving forward apace! :/
Phil S
#5 Posted by Phil S on 15 Apr 2019 at 15:14 PM
So what's happening with the Beco building, don't think it's part of the Barclays development
UR
#6 Posted by UR on 15 Apr 2019 at 15:47 PM
Stallan-Brand are developing plans to renovate and extend the Beco Building but there has been no formal planning application.
RJB
#7 Posted by RJB on 16 Apr 2019 at 09:15 AM
The massing looks great , especially the Lutyens style dissolving corners. Though i was hoping for a little more ornateness.
Neil C
#8 Posted by Neil C on 16 Apr 2019 at 11:26 AM
Lovely tower, incalculable improvement on what was there before, and very welcome. Not sure it has much to do with Edwardian architecture, but it'll be very welcome nonetheless. It'll transform the impression of Glasgow as you arrive into Central, and will hopefully lead to wider regeneration of Tradeston.
Jaded
#9 Posted by Jaded on 16 Apr 2019 at 13:01 PM
This is fantastic. Interesting material, nice scale, classic design. LIFE ON THE CLYDE WITH ALL THESE NEW RESIDENTS AND WORKERS.

Fantastic.

Frank smith
#10 Posted by Frank smith on 16 Apr 2019 at 15:03 PM
Shame that it’s not Stallan-brand who will be overseeing it on site. Cooper Cromar are to run the job on site which is a shame
Fat Bloke on Tour
#11 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 17 Apr 2019 at 14:32 PM
Figures don't add up.

£262K per flat -- £85mill for 324 -- points to a monthly rent of £1500 / £2000.

Not credible for the site or the city.
File under fail waiting to happen.
Blind architect
#12 Posted by Blind architect on 18 Apr 2019 at 12:09 PM
The perspective view looks great, even if far fetched.

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