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May 15 2020

Trongate hotel cleared to banish eye-sore gap-site
Drum Property Group has secured planning consent in principle from Glasgow City Council to proceed with a Stallan-Brand designed mixed-use regeneration project off the Trongate at Candleriggs Square.
 
The phased build will be subject to a series of detailed applications for each aspect of the masterplan including hotels, offices, flats, retail and leisure space.
 
Phase one will see a hotel rise at the junction with Hutcheson Street,  utilising a palette of scalloped pre-cast concrete and glazed terracotta panels as secondary elements. A contrasting base of brickwork denotes the change of use to retail at ground and first-floor level, interspersed with precast pieces.
 
Graeme Bone, managing director of Drum Property Group, said: “This will be a huge boost to the area and to local businesses, who are in desperate need of some good news right now.
 
"We can now look forward to a once-in-a-generation regeneration opportunity, transforming a very special area which has always been at the very centre of Glasgow’s commercial and social development."
 
Wrapping around a retained facade The Student Hotel will double as an entrance point to the broader masterplan, centred on an outdoor events and social space. To achieve this role new public realm will be introduced as part of the Trongate/Argyle Street Avenues programme which will minimise roads and parking in favour of cycleways, 'rain gardens' and tree planting.
 
It is hoped work can now get underway as soon as it is practical to do so.
A pedestrian lane will funnel people through to the heart of the development
A pedestrian lane will funnel people through to the heart of the development
A public events and social space will be opened to unify the area
A public events and social space will be opened to unify the area

A varying basecourse treatment will help to break down the buildings scale
A varying basecourse treatment will help to break down the buildings scale
Integrated signage and defined apertures will prevent shops from compromising the facade aesthetic
Integrated signage and defined apertures will prevent shops from compromising the facade aesthetic

4 Comments

G Man
#1 Posted by G Man on 17 May 2020 at 11:54 AM

Graeme Bone, managing director of Drum Property Group, said: "We can now look forward to a once-in-a-generation regeneration opportunity, transforming a very special area which has always been at the very centre of Glasgow’s commercial and social development."

Was it aye?
E=mc2
#2 Posted by E=mc2 on 17 May 2020 at 15:00 PM
Appreciate this is an 'in principle' consent - would be good to see two or three quality architects each deliver elements of this within a common palette and design language. Also much better than the previous Scarpa-lite RMA scheme.
nathan wright
#3 Posted by nathan wright on 21 May 2020 at 17:00 PM
Over developed frankly, and the massing does not adequately reflect the urban grain. Having a public events space outside a hotel not a good idea (I've bad memories of being kept awake by similar outside a London hotel). Sorry but yet another urban design failure to add to the growing list in Glasgow.
David G
#4 Posted by David G on 22 May 2020 at 14:45 PM
This has so much potential. It will surely be a real catalyst for Trongate, and will be a significant win for the Merchant City as a whole. A really great piece of Architecture, and a welcome improvement from the previous Richard Murphy scheme.

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