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January 10 2022

Inner-city intergenerational community to rise in Glasgow

Build to rent operator Get Living and Stallan Brand architects have followed up their October consultation for the 7.5 acre High Street Goodsyard site in Glasgow with a formal planning application.

Former railway lands have been earmarked for hundreds of new homes and ground floor commercial uses and surrounded by green spaces as part of efforts to establish an intergenerational community.

Combining 823 build to rent apartments and 687 student rooms the development will improve connectivity between High Street and Bell Street with new cycle and pedestrian connections, centred on a new footbridge facilitating movement north to Collegelands and Duke Street.

Nick Ecob, associate director at Stallan Brand told Urban Realm: "The redevelopment of the former High Street Goodsyard is a once in a generation opportunity to repair the urban fabric east of the High Street and deliver much needed new homes and green spaces. We have worked closely with the council and Get Living over the past year to create an ambitious vision that can deliver significant benefits to the local area through a placemaking-led approach.

"The plans will create a resilient urban neighbourhood characterized by high quality, robust buildings that recall the site’s unique heritage as well as a mix of generous green spaces that can support the needs of a diverse community."

The facades of each building share a common 'kit of parts' to create a harmonious aesthetic while permitting variation of order and proportions with extensive use of brick to impart attributes of longevity and robustness.

Particular attention will be given to entrance lobbies, each of which are scaled in proportion with the number of residents, the largest of which will be a centralised 'civic' lobby combining amenities and facilities for all residents at the foot of a 20-storey tower standing at the head of a central green.

 The major development will repair a void in the city, improving connectivity north and south
The major development will repair a void in the city, improving connectivity north and south
A civic amenity space will be housed at the heart of the development
A civic amenity space will be housed at the heart of the development

A landmark tower dominates the central green
A landmark tower dominates the central green
Active travel and public transport are emphasised
Active travel and public transport are emphasised

Student residential forms an important component of the housing mix
Student residential forms an important component of the housing mix
The inner city site affords excellent public transport connections
The inner city site affords excellent public transport connections

The island site will link up with Collegelands off the bustling High Street
The island site will link up with Collegelands off the bustling High Street

14 Comments

roddy
#1 Posted by roddy on 10 Jan 2022 at 09:05 AM
Awesome ..... Stallan Brand are on Fire this weather
youcantfitquickerthanakwikfitfitter
#2 Posted by youcantfitquickerthanakwikfitfitter on 10 Jan 2022 at 09:34 AM
They must using the same security team as the School of Art?
John
#3 Posted by John on 10 Jan 2022 at 10:26 AM
With 823 apartments and 687 student rooms. It might be an idea to upgrade High St train station, given the extra footfall anticipated
Aaron
#4 Posted by Aaron on 10 Jan 2022 at 11:59 AM
This absolutely cannot fall through. Get it built!
Peter
#5 Posted by Peter on 10 Jan 2022 at 12:57 PM
Good looking addition to the area. Now get it value-enginered to the bone. Image 6 of this impression already shows rubbish paving quaity, so expectations are ground-low. As mentioned above - High Street station screams for a complete makeover.
modernish
#6 Posted by modernish on 10 Jan 2022 at 15:10 PM
Looks good, although i doubt the civil engineer will thank Stallan Brand for showing puddles in the raining visual. You might want to get the odd drain installed.
Hats off to Harry Nilsson
#7 Posted by Hats off to Harry Nilsson on 10 Jan 2022 at 15:49 PM
Image 6 - raining in the shadows, bright sunshine elsewhere. Go figure.
Roddy_
#8 Posted by Roddy_ on 10 Jan 2022 at 15:53 PM
If you can get past the haze-dream visuals, this follows almost precisely the paradigm established in the existing Collegelands: coarse detailing, lack of active fronts, largely single aspect residences, island buildings with single point of institutional access. The public space is guaranteed to be sterile too – they’ve lost all the fancy landscape architecture from the previous iteration and most of the commercial ground floor spaces too. And the height of the adjacent ‘blocks’ is guaranteed to overshadow the main space for most of the day and well into the evening.

From a townscape point of view, you’ve got to question the south to north route and the positioning of the tallest block which signals a cul de sac. One wonders how this will sit with the proposed bridge link to the north and aspirations of visual connectedness and legibility.

Horrible, bloated, developer-led austerity architecture with dull, repetitive facades which, no doubt, will find favour with the local planning review. For such a prominent site, this is depressing and anyone with an elementary grasp of urbanism knows this is thin gruel.
Fbot's mother
#9 Posted by Fbot's mother on 10 Jan 2022 at 17:45 PM
Useful fill at best. Ther, saved ye the bother, son.
Spike
#10 Posted by Spike on 10 Jan 2022 at 18:49 PM
Looks good providing the finish which is proposed is built
Roddy_
#11 Posted by Roddy_ on 10 Jan 2022 at 18:56 PM
PS.
Presumably Land and Environmental Services cannot afford to adopt the public spaces here either and we’ll end up with another privately owned, publicly accessible space to add to that at Buchanan Wharf and the one under construction at Candleriggs.
John
#12 Posted by John on 10 Jan 2022 at 20:10 PM
Thumbs up ……. Good development, get it built
teegeeweegee
#13 Posted by teegeeweegee on 11 Jan 2022 at 11:22 AM
oooooh!....dull
The Bairn
#14 Posted by The Bairn on 11 Jan 2022 at 21:06 PM
I note that 'student residential forms an important component of the housing mix' which roughly translates to the bedrooms are NOT just for sleeping in... thats more like it, give the punters what they want. On a more serious note it seems a tab too close to the railway line and a pity High Street Station cannot be fully roofed over.

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