Collegelands masterplan comes of age as a new public space
March 10 2021
The next phase of Glasgow's Collegelands development has taken a significant step forward with the submission of plans by Vastint Hospitality for 221 car-free rental homes and 6,000sq/m of office space just days after plans were submitted for 219 apartments across the road.
Prepared by 3DReid the mixed-use development constitutes four separate buildings on a 1.1ha brownfield site, led by an eight-storey office block adjacent to the Moxy Hotel and a further three stepped residential blocks which together frame enhanced public space.
Each building will be set upon a ground floor plinth to frame public spaces and serve as a visual divide between public and private space. Use of a modular construction system dictates regular grid fenestration with anodised aluminium coping and panels adding visual interest.
A landscape plan led by LDA will introduce residents courtyards and gardens with ground-floor activation coming in the form of a lounge and gym, cafe and co-worker space to help connect an upgraded Station Square to a revitalised Havannah Square. Together with a public art programme these spaces will invite pedestrians away from the 'fast lane' of the High Street into a slower-paced environment.
Setting out their approach the architects wrote: "By pulling the office building back, a notable deviation from the masterplan, we allow the potential for a larger civic space to be created spanning between High Street Station and Duke Street.
"The massing of the office provides an appropriate civic presence to this key gateway into the city. The office will act as a marker within the wider city-scape, highlighting High Street as an important destination within Glasgow."
Building on the established Page\Park masterplan the buildings reference the red brick and pale sandstone of a surviving goodsyard wall on Duke Street with a mix of red brick and pre-cast concrete.
Residential elements respond to the planned Get Living development to the south of High Street Station, helping to reposition the underutilised railway station as an active travel hub.
Much better if they at least aligned the High Street frontage with the Moxy next door.
Also more trees -- Burnbank Gardens shows us the power of trees and foliage.
High Street has been ruined by the Blackfriars Road flats -- the best that can be hoped for is the passage of time and very selective earthquake during the summer holidays.
Hopefully the College Street site will generate something better
Huge hole in the Eastern streetscape -- if its replacement is another hobbit warren entrance then a huge opportunity will have been missed.
Compare and contrast with the money saved by not putting in proper parking provision.
In civilised countries -- the rest of Europe they would have spent money on some underground parking.
More posh flats for students plus more business for the various surrounding parking providers.
Very low rent.
Surely some efforts could be made to use them for public realm?
Not all -- just some.
Better than looking on a ever growing collection of poorly maintained services and dead seagulls.
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