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.
They should actually draw inspiration from the swans in their image and how they step up elegantly in height. Let’s get back to nature people!
Brutal. Absolutely brutal.
If design standards allow for such a narrow riverside pathway then the design standards are not good enough. If there are people walking dogs it can be difficult for cyclists to get past them. They should have a segregated cycle path and pedestrian area next the river.
The transport museum is one of the most popular attractions in the city, there will be a phenomenal number of people using that pathway on busy days.
More generous promenade would be appreciated as well with larger green zones
Just inane; not Architecture!
Assuming approval , the detailed design of the blocks will be dealt with in the MSC’s. Just how much variance of form this will produce is anyone’s guess – will they all be flat-roofed point blocks, will there be a variety of different designers? It’ll be interesting to see – now that the Planning Applications Committee meetings are filmed and online- just what the reaction to the PPP will be; dystopian, anti-contextual commodification of the riverside or brave, new, Inventive city living? Worth paying attention to this as I think it will set the bar for future high-rise development in the city- whether that be high or low. I think I know which one my money is on.
Those proposals are about as welcome as a European Super League
Big issue is that it does not engage with the Transport Museum at any level -- to the point that it hems it in and offers no room for the museum to expand. And boy does the Transport Museum need to expand or failing it needs to send the model ships back to the Kelvingrove.
Awkward site but the answer is definitely not another round of "Stack-a-pleb".
Only plus point -- it asks questions of the SECC Western Car Park.
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