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July 29 2020

Residential tower to plug Sauchiehall Street void

A long-standing gap site at 520 Sauchiehall Street has been identified for 100 studio and one-bedroom apartments above ground floor retail in a statement of intent issued by Consensus Capital.

Ther property investment firm has appointed ADP Architects to draw up plans for the site which would retain a B-listed facade while utilising the air rights above and on vacant land to the side to achieve the required density.

Mark Emlick, chief executive of Consensus Capital, commented: “Development of Sauchiehall Street has, for a long time, focused on servicing the night-time economy and there is a desire among city planners and local people, to return the area to its original, mixed-use."

ADP director Stephen Miles added: “We believe that in a post-Covid world, enabling people to live within walkable and cycling neighbourhoods in the city centre is crucial for supporting the economy of Glasgow. Accessibility to high-quality living that enables employers to access highly-skilled, graduate markets will be key to ensuring economic recovery and rebuilding thriving city centres.”

It is hoped work can begin on the £20m tower next spring for completion by June 2022.

 A community consultation process will be launched to finalise designs ahead of a formal planning application
A community consultation process will be launched to finalise designs ahead of a formal planning application
The site, latterly in use as a nightclub, has lain derelict since 2011
The site, latterly in use as a nightclub, has lain derelict since 2011

6 Comments

Big Tyrone
#1 Posted by Big Tyrone on 29 Jul 2020 at 14:14 PM
I've heard living near Sauchiehall Street is incredibly noisy. They better get used to having all kinds of bodily fluid at the building entrance.
David
#2 Posted by David on 29 Jul 2020 at 15:53 PM
A welcome proposal. The comment re. noise and bodily fluid may well become a thing of the past if Sauchiehall continues to go in this direction, less night time economy dependant and more mixed.

My only concerns are for the equally beautiful facade that faces Renfrew Street, which has recently lost its famous bust of Beethoven, and the height of the proposal right next to the Charing Cross Mansions. Looking forward to seeing the planning application in detail.
Rem Koolbag
#3 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 30 Jul 2020 at 09:36 AM
Where has the big man gone David do you know?
This is a travesty
James Hepburn
#4 Posted by James Hepburn on 30 Jul 2020 at 13:15 PM
Have you ever walked along there on a weekend night? It is disgusting and unsafe.
David
#5 Posted by David on 30 Jul 2020 at 17:11 PM
#3, I think it was removed by the current owners of the building. Perhaps it was becoming unsafe, you can see that the red sandstone of the renfrew street facade is quite damp.
Hope to see him placed back in his rightful spot and this facade retained in the new scheme.
Fush And Chups
#6 Posted by Fush And Chups on 30 Jul 2020 at 19:31 PM
A welcome proposal.
#1 and #4 - while you are both correct, the only way this will change is with more people living in the area. The more city centre residents the better.

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