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New plans emerge for Cathcart House expansion

December 2 2019

New plans emerge for Cathcart House expansion

Yeoman McAllister Architects are spearheading plans for a second phase of redevelopment work at Glasgow’s Cathcart House with the submission of revised plans for the re-use of a vacant 1960s office building.

The approach will entail a complete redesign of the external façade employing contemporary materials, retaining only the structural concrete frame.

In a statement, the architects wrote: “While a more traditional approach towards the redevelopment of the Listed Building was taken, sympathetic to the architectural features of the past, this proposal seeks to retain some of those same features and express them in a more modern fashion.

“This includes the complete redesign of the external façade, utilising present-day materials, retaining repetition of a consistent square form in a proportional manner. While the proposal is not to mimic the listed building in a pastiche type of way, it aims to reflect some of its characteristics and create a form of relationship between the two.”

Properties will be accessed from amenity decks extending from a central stair and lift core with private terraces at the penthouse level and a ground floor amenity space above the basement car park.

Only the concrete frame will be retained
Only the concrete frame will be retained
Properties will be accessed from shared amenity decks
Properties will be accessed from shared amenity decks


#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 2 Dec 2019 at 12:20 PM
How long has the "architect" had this one on their drawing board... 1998? How can you say a building references its surrounding then show visuals devoid of context.

Exactly what Cathcart does not need: a clunky "is it an office?" "is it flats?" replica of the worst of Glasgow corporate architecture - a mash up between Buchanan House and Skypark. All the residents are going to love of those metal stick on panels when it comes to insurance.
#2 Posted by IndyNoo on 2 Dec 2019 at 19:55 PM
Quote from another user "Ross" from a different thread on the woeful state of Glasgow Architecture:

"Yes, Glasgow - which has by a mile the most investment going into it of any city in Scotland - is going rapidly downhill. Get a grip."

Investment is not always a good thing especially when it results in turgid dross like this. Come on Glasgow - please do better. Get a grip.

Grim Beeper
#3 Posted by Grim Beeper on 2 Dec 2019 at 20:26 PM
#2 sadly the developers that fund these schemes and ergo the eventual design don't frequent these pages to hear your wails of angst.
Investment is always a good thing!. Whether it turns out bad or good is another matter..
#4 Posted by mick on 2 Dec 2019 at 21:10 PM
ARCHITECTURE certainly not.... this is a typical crude intervention on an existing fabric Urban Realm please it is time for you to adopt, a long overdue, critical approach to architecture. Stop projecting the pathetic...
D to the R
#5 Posted by D to the R on 3 Dec 2019 at 15:30 PM
It was acceptable in the 80s .... Wooooft
Damp Proof Membrane
#6 Posted by Damp Proof Membrane on 4 Dec 2019 at 10:08 AM
Is it April Fool's Day? What. A. Joke.
#7 Posted by weiird on 4 Dec 2019 at 10:53 AM
Lovely - a plastic clad monstrosity. Looks like that awful Travelodge "fridge" building...
I'm all for upgrading concrete buildings - exposed ceilings and industrial looks, but not this. Yeoman - absolutely no style. Bet the architect wears crocs.
#8 Posted by JohnMF on 6 Dec 2019 at 10:27 AM
Well, at least the concrete frame is being retained, in the interests of sustainability (and perhaps cost?) So it's only the cladding that we are debating. "Shared amenity decks" - how does that differ from the much discredited deck access?

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