Stallan-Brand return with 'refreshed' High Street Goodsyard plan
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October 12 2021
Property development and management firm Get Living have returned with refreshed proposals for the giant High Street Goodsyard site in Glasgow, three years on from stalled plans to deliver 727 build to rent homes.
The latest proposals call for the delivery of 812 build to rent flats alongside 700 student rooms as part of a new urban intergenerational neighbourhood laid out around a landscaped pedestrian priority through route.
Retaining the broad outline of the previously consented scheme the updated approach by Stallan-Brand introduces several key changes as architect Nick Ecob explains in a consultation video: "In the consented scheme access was around the edges of the site and that created a car-dominated environment facing onto Parsonage Square and the railway line. In the emerging masterplan, we've simplified and rationalised access to the site by creating a more compact loop road to reduce vehicle and access infrastructure."
This will benefit pedestrians and cyclists by integrating access and parking within a green public realm. An increase in the number of street-level units will also allow more passive surveillance and private front door access by focussing on the street as the defining characteristic of the scheme. To make this possible a new bridge is to be built over High Street Station to connect a green pathway north and south from Glasgow Green to the Necropolis, standing at the head of a series of secondary public spaces necklaced from the central green and headed by a 20 storey tower.
Ecob adds: "The tall building which we've located at the top of the central space is an opportunity for a piece of high-quality architecture which can help with legibility and wayfinding and create a positive addition to the wider townscape. Its location draws you into the site and reinforces the location of the new bridge."
Outlining current thinking Paul Stallan continued: "We want to create human-scaled architecture around new public space. It's a massive empty site and an impediment to development, it's difficult to navigate. The goods yard site is a hole in the city centre that has stopped connections from being made. The drive is to create a more porous and accessible location that encourages activity. The thinking is to create playful, scenic architecture that contributes to the skyline."
A live chat with the project team is scheduled for Thursday 14 October between 14:00 and 20:00.
A north-south processional route is to be flanked by 10-storey apartment blocks in the lead up to the signature tower
Bell Street will be transformed into a 'gateway space' into the site from the south, start of a chain of public spaces heading north
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