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BTR revolution takes Glasgow to new heights

May 15 2020

BTR revolution takes Glasgow to new heights
Ryder Architecture has filed plans for a major residential-led development which will bring 182 new homes to Glasgow City Centre.
Led by Brickland the ambitious build to rent scheme will transform 64-72 Waterloo Street through repurposing the B-listed Distiller's House (as known as Coltas House), bringing the richly decorated building back into use.
Now unoccupied the building will be sensitively overhauled, bringing back lost features such as an ornate dome lost to fire in the 1940s as well as vital stonework repairs.
Standing alongside a dramatic new build element will rise, providing tenants with lofty panoramas of the city with a complimentary business hub and residents amenity also provided.
Darren Leary, chief operating officer of Brickland, said, “Brickland is delighted to be involved in this fantastic project which will provide high quality residential accommodation in the city centre. The Build to Rent sector is bourgeoning in Glasgow and we expect this development to make a significant contribution toward increasing vitality and vibrancy in the area, in line with Glasgow City Council’s aim of increasing sustainable city centre living.
"The heritage assets on the site, including the B listed Distillers’ Building which will be sympathetically incorporated into the new development, will create a fantastic offer for residents and have made this a fascinating project to work on.”
The development team includes input from AA Projects, Woolgar Hunter, Futureserv and BB7.
A dramatic atrium will draw tenants together in a central shared space
A dramatic atrium will draw tenants together in a central shared space
The set back tower will rise behind a complementary new street elevation
The set back tower will rise behind a complementary new street elevation


#1 Posted by EM0 on 15 May 2020 at 12:54 PM
Sore thumb!
The Bairn
#2 Posted by The Bairn on 15 May 2020 at 12:59 PM
Having recently watched the movie 'Towering Inferno' compartmentation and fire stopping must be done correctly. Just don't employ Paul Newman or his usual building contractors.
Glasgow Bob
#3 Posted by Glasgow Bob on 15 May 2020 at 13:29 PM
#2 apt name The Bairn. Every article it sounds as if you are teething....
#4 Posted by FLW on 15 May 2020 at 13:38 PM
@#2 - God, these comments are embarrassing
Is this a UR bot to keep us engaged, or was The Bairn bullied at architecture school?
#5 Posted by pooka on 15 May 2020 at 13:39 PM
Yeah, they win the stinker award for least contextual and horrifically overscaled profiteering horror!
#6 Posted by spike on 15 May 2020 at 16:36 PM
Hope this gets all the approvals
The Bairn
#7 Posted by The Bairn on 15 May 2020 at 18:12 PM
#3 and #4 sense of humour bypass x two!!
I must be going 'Lockdown crazy' thank God I don't ply my trade in your North Korea office.
#8 Posted by Barry on 16 May 2020 at 09:41 AM
I love the comments on here ….. you lot are the most inane people on the planet.

Build it Tall: ….. its too Tall, it sticks out like a sore thumb

Build it Small: ……. its to low and lacks ambition
Sue Pearman
#9 Posted by Sue Pearman on 16 May 2020 at 11:11 AM
This proposal unnecessarily thrusts a tower into the historic city grid where there is no similar edifice. There doesn't seem to be any architectural or urban justification for it. It is in conflict with the scale and typology of this location and will detrimentally affect the nature of this place.
#10 Posted by MoFloBloJo on 16 May 2020 at 11:21 AM
its too Tall, it sticks out like a sore thumb
#11 Posted by Goldilocks on 16 May 2020 at 11:43 AM
I think it's a medium sized structure and just right, get it built please!
Nairn's Bairn
#12 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 16 May 2020 at 11:49 AM
@#8 For me, tall is often good, particularly in the more recently developed areas.

A large part of Glasgow city centre retains its Victorian/Edwardian fabric though, with beautifully delineated and detailed roof levels and silhouettes, and firing in a high rise here can just look terrible.
I understand its all about money (rather than what's best for the site), and the city centre is where the money is, but we're at risk of eroding the city's heritage. However I also understand that most people don't give two hoots about that and don't wander the city centre looking up!
Folk are entitled to their opinion - if coming from an architecture appreciation point of view, most would say this one is much too high for the location; if coming from a jobs and investment point of view (as most are, let's face it) then bigger is better. I suspect the comments you're comparing are coming from two different camps.
#13 Posted by Gorgu on 17 May 2020 at 01:17 AM
For those that think this is out of place, I have three words for you: Pinnacle, Skyline Apartments and Anderston High rises..... all within a block and a half, I am sorry but the entire square area between Charing Cross the Broomielaw, Glasgow Central and Up to Sauchiehall street should allow high rise to flourish, you only need to look at a city like Melbourne to understand how older can be integrated into newer and suppressing height has nothing to do with it.......
#14 Posted by Billy on 17 May 2020 at 15:08 PM
Given how important out door space has been off late, surely some balconies would make them more attractive to renters , especially South Facing. I know if I ever decide to buy or rent in the future , outdoor space will be on my must have list.
jimbob tanktop
#15 Posted by jimbob tanktop on 18 May 2020 at 11:48 AM
High rise balconies are one thing in balmy climes, another altogether in windswept, rainy Glasgow. Red Road flats all had balconies, all went unused.

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