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Yorkhill Quay masterplan to fulfil River Clyde blue corridor vision

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November 9 2020

Yorkhill Quay masterplan to fulfil River Clyde blue corridor vision

Peel L&P has unveiled dramatic proposals to regenerate Yorkhill Quay at Stobcross Road, Glasgow Harbour with a residential-led masterplan to establish a new retail, leisure and tourism destination on the River Clyde.

Located between the Riverside Museum and Scottish Event Campus the project will develop a 4.64 hectares brownfield site, including establishing the north bank of the river as a fully permeable green corridor.

Design work led by Keppie will provide 1,100 homes in addition to a 200-bed hotel and 2,500sq/m of leisure venues.

Brian Lavalette, Peel L&P’s property director for Scotland, said: “We’re fully committed to the Clyde Mission and have been working closely with the Scottish Government and local council on our plans for the Glasgow Waters area which includes Yorkhill Quay and Castlebank Quay.

“Our vision is to create a sustainable environment for local people to enjoy. We will actively seek opportunities to supply our developments with low carbon, locally-generated energy and to use energy in a responsible way where possible. We welcome thoughts from the local community on our plans for Yorkhill Quay.”

A public consultation has been launched to inform early designs for the project ahead of an application for planning permission in principle expected early in 2021.

A redefined river walkway will serve as the main spine of the development
A redefined river walkway will serve as the main spine of the development
A sequence of 'river rooms' will line a new promenade with green space, art installations and nods to the sites industrial legacy
A sequence of 'river rooms' will line a new promenade with green space, art installations and nods to the sites industrial legacy

A sequence of six blocks will be bookended by public squares with a landmark tower standing proud toward the Transport Museum
A sequence of six blocks will be bookended by public squares with a landmark tower standing proud toward the Transport Museum
Landscaped podium decks will occupy the space between towers with a sky bar situated toward the SECC
Landscaped podium decks will occupy the space between towers with a sky bar situated toward the SECC

17 Comments

In the River
#1 Posted by In the River on 9 Nov 2020 at 14:17 PM
With the problems they have been having with the quay walls at the riverview flats in Tradeston you would have to be sure there would be no future liabilities to repair the quay wall before buying a flat there.
Andy
#2 Posted by Andy on 9 Nov 2020 at 15:54 PM
These riverside developments like this are great and should be encouraged however we need to learn from the previous Glasgow Harbour project and improve connections back to the city. The expressway / trainline have cut these areas off, probably why they have become wasteland. Without improved links they will only increase car movements in the area which we need to reduce.
monkey9000
#3 Posted by monkey9000 on 9 Nov 2020 at 16:42 PM
How many roads and embankments in parallel to does it take to make a city?
RM Kartoffel
#4 Posted by RM Kartoffel on 10 Nov 2020 at 08:27 AM
The length of time this area has set empty and an eyesore, I thought maybe they were waiting to finalise plans for something special in this area of the city. But yet again just bland mediocre crap is served up. What this area desperately needs is cafe's/ restaruants. There is nothing to do for visitors/ residents between the Hydro and the Transport Museum. Its a soulless area of the city that looks good on tourists broichures but in reality there is no life in that area. I dont think building 5 tower blocks with a bit of concrete flowerbeds thrown in is exactly imaginative. Dissappointment yet again from Scottish Architects who seem unable to think creatively.
Whispering Andy
#5 Posted by Whispering Andy on 10 Nov 2020 at 10:21 AM
Whisper it @4......if the area so desperately needs cafe and restaurants you have found your niche. I look forward to my first dining experience at RM Kartoffel's food emporium. Best of luck mate.
Concrete eyesore
#6 Posted by Concrete eyesore on 10 Nov 2020 at 13:23 PM
Looks like 1970's Warsaw, bland tower blocks devoid of amenities.
PArkguy
#7 Posted by PArkguy on 10 Nov 2020 at 14:01 PM
Desperate and desolute. Like something from the 90s, Glasgow Harbour 2. Looks to be a lot crammed onto what is not that big a site.

I agree regarding connecting to the city. On paper looks good but in reality, not so much.

Although the tantalising carrot to GCC of 1,100 council tax payers will ensure an easy passage through Planning.
Wizard of William
#8 Posted by Wizard of William on 10 Nov 2020 at 14:39 PM
I like the look of this scheme as long as it is done to a high spec so it doesn't turn into a ghetto, this area would benefit from high density housing, there is still plenty of space around for cafes etc. The retail unit they built at Glasgow Harbor has sat empty for years, so there is not always a demand for cafes, people go elsewhere for them, they are getting a KFC there I believe.

To improve connectivity to the area they could consider reopening the overground Yorkhill Station that closed in 1921, although it is only 500 meters from the Partick Station I don't think they like having stations so close together which is a shame.
Peter
#9 Posted by Peter on 10 Nov 2020 at 18:19 PM
#8 - This might be a good idea, combined with ploughing of Exhibition Centre station, new passage towards Hydro/SECC - plenty of opportunities.
RM Kartoffel
#10 Posted by RM Kartoffel on 11 Nov 2020 at 18:59 PM
#5 Can't hear you mate
RM Kartoffel
#11 Posted by RM Kartoffel on 11 Nov 2020 at 19:06 PM
What i mean by cafe/restaraunts is that there needs to be something to draw people to that stretch of the river or give people something else to do there. Tourists visit the transport musuem and along walk the derelict stretch to the hydro. No where to stop to eat or drink or do anything else other than walk the long distance into city centre or accross the unappealling red bridge into finnieston. If you want this area to be a visitor attraction then you need places people can stop to eat, drink, relax. The current situation is shite for visitors and putting up some tower blocks that will go dirty in 3 years aint gonna fix it. Ah well.
Wizard of William
#12 Posted by Wizard of William on 12 Nov 2020 at 09:44 AM
#11 There is a £100m retail park planned for the empty land directly to the North West of the transport museum on other bank of the River Kelvin. They are planning to have restaurants and cafes on that site.
Could be anywhere
#13 Posted by Could be anywhere on 12 Nov 2020 at 10:04 AM
This could be anywhere. Except the Clyde. There are no swans on the Clyde.
lm
#14 Posted by lm on 12 Nov 2020 at 15:39 PM
#5 Concrete eyesore! You should go and see Warsaw. Glasgow is nowhere near as good.
Calum
#15 Posted by Calum on 14 Nov 2020 at 07:09 AM
Great to see some development plans for this area however I'm not a fan of having six identical bland tower blocks. Ohh and to the post about their not being any swans on the Clyde, there has been swans living near the clyde arc for years, just the other day I spotted 20 of them swimming about around the bridge.
Colin Brown
#16 Posted by Colin Brown on 14 Nov 2020 at 17:53 PM
A series of identical tower blocks - seriously? - looks like a design left-over from the brutalist 60s.
There is so much innovation in urban architecture and Glasgow deserves a slice!
SwanSpotter
#17 Posted by SwanSpotter on 14 Nov 2020 at 21:31 PM
#13 agreed it could be anywhere, but swans are everywhere! Have you actually ever been to this section of the Clyde? There are swans aplenty here. In fact, if anything, these visualisations have too few swans.

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