Yorkhill Quay evolution trades scale for uniformity
April 29 2021
Keppie Design has come forward with an application for planning in principle to deliver a major mixed-use development at Yorkhill Quay on behalf of Peel L&P owned Glasgow Harbour.
The latest phase of the riverfront masterplan, first initiated in 2008, centres on a development site at Yorkhill Quay earmarked for 500 flats for private rent, 400 co-living homes and a further 200 flats for sale. This accommodation would be complemented by 2,950sq/m of leisure floor space and a 200-bed hotel all fronting a continuous river walkway.
The indicative plans follow an earlier public consultation since which the design response has evolved to deliver a uniform array of vertical blocks embedded within a 'river park' around north to south aligned in-between spaces and bookended by two new squares.
In a statement of intent for this new area, Keppie wrote: "A series of proposed ‘river rooms’ create larger areas of protected public realm along the river walkway, creating an opportunity to pause, meet and engage with the river.
"Key views inform the principal location of buildings and open space, with the larger public bookend squares maintaining key vistas both to and from important city landmarks, such as the University of Glasgow tower."
Individual towers will be finished in a variety of different brick, employing a traditional base, middle and top with the signature westernmost tower split into two smaller blocks.
Access to the development will be provided via two new entrances from Stobcross Road, with undercroft parking obscured by landscaped podium decks.