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Broomielaw office block to rise above the competition

June 16 2021

Broomielaw office block to rise above the competition

A public consultation is being held over proposals to erect a major new office development within Glasgow's Broomielaw financial district.

Carrick Square phase 2 is earmarked for 0.75 acres of brownfield land bounded by Brown, Crimea and Carrick Street's to the immediate north of the phase one build which has already gained planning consent.

Facing its 200,000sq/ft counterpart across a sliver of open space the 17-floor development will rise above its near neighbour to provide top floor tenants with river views.

Occupying a third of the city block the latest addition to the city centre skyline will front a pedestrian through space linking Brown Street to Carrick Street.

A live question and answer session will be held with the project team; including the Soller Group and Mosaic Architecture + Design, will be held on 23 June between 15:00 and 19:00.

Carrick Square 2 will rise in the shadow of its little brother
Carrick Square 2 will rise in the shadow of its little brother
Development will fill out the remainder of an entire city block
Development will fill out the remainder of an entire city block


James Hepburn
#1 Posted by James Hepburn on 16 Jun 2021 at 10:44 AM
Scottish architecture really is the byword for mediocrity. It must be an integral part of their training.
#2 Posted by Pedro on 16 Jun 2021 at 11:41 AM
Do the city mission know their flagship building is being demolished?
The Flâneur
#3 Posted by The Flâneur on 16 Jun 2021 at 11:44 AM
And what is to happen to Elder & Cannon's rather good City Mission? Not only do the City Mission do excellent work but the building is only 11 years old! How sustainable is that...?
Fat Bloke on Tour
#4 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 16 Jun 2021 at 11:54 AM
Identikit stack-a-pleb filler.

Hopefully the build quality will make up for the lack of inspiration.

However the important part is what happens within not how it looks on the outside.

Only three block to go till the Kingston Bridge has a proper setting or at least half of a proper setting.
#5 Posted by George on 16 Jun 2021 at 12:19 PM
Why not develop the riverside of one of the other 3 empty blocks beside it, surely more appealing views rather than jammed in behind these other offices?
Brian Donnelly
#6 Posted by Brian Donnelly on 16 Jun 2021 at 12:21 PM
The trouble is Fat Bloke, when you continually rubbish everything as you are prone to do, good and bad, when something like this truly insipid proposal appears it's easy to dismiss your once more critical comment. You need to hold back and step away from the keyboard.
Neil P
#7 Posted by Neil P on 16 Jun 2021 at 12:35 PM
The Broomielaw Regeneration Framework, which I thought was a good document is predicated on the "highest quality contemporary design". Whilst this isn't particularly bad, and creates a sense of scale heading northbound on the Kingston Bridge, it doesn't exactly inspire! Needs revisiting!
#8 Posted by GlazArch on 16 Jun 2021 at 12:48 PM
I actually think there's a place for something of this massing along the riverside but recessed behind the front line of offices the way this one is shown. We must be the only major city in the UK that's scared to add a little height to our skyline and I don't know why.

However, the loss of the city mission building is not justified in the proposal put forward at this stage.
#9 Posted by Roddy_ on 16 Jun 2021 at 13:16 PM
Seems to be totally confused on the consultation website. Consultation is meant to be for Phase 2 encompassing the block on which Glasgow City Mission stands. However, click on the ‘view proposal’ button and the blurb for phase one is presented. The only phase 2 info seems to be the images presented here :the 3d visualisation and the existing block aerial outlined in red. Are they seriously considering demolition of the Mission? Without any further information it is difficult to reach a different conclusion. It’d be interesting to hear the ethical and environment rationale for that.
The design itself tends to speak for itself- following the woeful paradigm of recent speculative office blocks in the city.
#10 Posted by Charlie_ on 16 Jun 2021 at 14:11 PM
As with the recent pre-ap at cadogan street a mono-use office would contravene the planning guidance in the (y)our city centre masterplan the council commissioned and spent ages blabbing about. Do developers not know this? Or do they know that the council will cave in and wave it through anyway?
#11 Posted by modernish on 16 Jun 2021 at 16:51 PM
@#9 - I doubt highly the "ethical and environmental rationale" will trump the the economic and profit rationale; but it is a quaint thought. Fundamentally if the mission is built under lease or they are prepared to sell then so be it.
It's not exactly an inspiring piece or architecture but it very probably fulfills the clients brief to maximise their investment and generate as much potential profit from the building and site as possible. In the cities financial district is that really so wrong? Sure it might be nice if the riverfront was developed first and then density increased and infilled behind. But site ownership, land issues and the whole gamut of project viability may/must preclude this.
It's better to do something where it's possible than to wonder about what might be where it not. If we do that we end up with nothing but paper dreams. One is a practical solution helping to chip away at a larger problem, whilst the other is akin to supporting Scotland at the occasional major football tournament.
#12 Posted by Mick on 16 Jun 2021 at 18:06 PM
Seriously? Get rid of the Mission? A wee gem of a building . And for what? An unpolished stone of corporate hubris.
Derek Wilson
#13 Posted by Derek Wilson on 17 Jun 2021 at 07:55 AM
Sun path analysis will be interesting.
#14 Posted by French on 17 Jun 2021 at 14:21 PM
An unpolished stone of corporate hubris ? .... or Taxpayers who pay for Hospitals, Schools etc.
#15 Posted by Gandalf on 18 Jun 2021 at 18:22 PM
With bank staff of all descriptions working from home and most business online these days, can someone explain what the 'financial sector' needs a building like this on the Broomielaw for? Not to mention the Tradeston complex. Just curious.
Charles Maasz
#16 Posted by Charles Maasz on 20 Jun 2021 at 21:39 PM
The conversation between Glasgow City Mission and developer is ongoing and by no means settled. This is an early stages public consultation and GCM are very pleased with the building and location. Thanks for the supportive comments relating to both our efforts and our building.

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