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Stewart Milne Homes unveils vision for modern city living at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay

The former Plantation Quay and Princes’ Dock Basin, on the southern bank of the Clyde, could be transformed into a new residential development of 203 homes if planning permission is granted.

Stewart Milne Homes has submitted a planning application for a residential development comprising apartments, duplexes and family homes to regenerate the site, which is within the Pacific Quay Creative Clyde Enterprise Area, one of several strategic economic investment locations designated in the Glasgow City Development Plan.

The housebuilder is leading on the masterplan which is a collaborative venture involving Scottish Enterprise, architects HAUS Collective, Glasgow City Council Planning Department, Turley Planning Consultants, Dougall Baillie Associates, Oobe Landscaping and Wireframe Immersive.

The local community and key stakeholders have contributed to the evolution of the design and approach within the masterplan.

Allan McQuade, director of business infrastructure, Scottish Enterprise, said: “We have been working with Stewart Milne Homes to deliver the next generation of residential and amenity space at Pacific Quay. This development represents a rare and exciting opportunity to create an exemplar development at a key strategic site for Glasgow and forms a significant part of the final stages in the wider Pacific Quay masterplan.”

The proposals aim to deliver a residential neighbourhood with unique characteristic within the Pacific Quay locale on the fringe of Finnieston, which has undergone a dramatic change in recent years through progressive developments for business, commercial and social uses.

Gerry More, managing director of Stewart Milne Homes, added: “Throughout the design process, we’ve taken account of the best aspects of the city’s architecture which have inspired the contemporary homes which are set within a carefully-planned and high amenity environment.

“From the public spaces, streets, lanes and abundance of landscaping, through to the design and detailing of the homes, the aim is to create a community of unique character which reflects the quality and heritage of its setting.

“By understanding the heritage, context and character of an area, we can ensure that all our developments are designed in such a way that they create unique places with a sense of community, pride and soul.”

First phase of HALO Kilmarnock submitted for detailed planning

The first phase of the HALO regeneration plan in Kilmarnock has now been submitted to East Ayrshire Council for detailed planning permission following the recent approval of planning permission in principle for the development masterplan.

Located on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, the HALO Kilmarnock is being shaped as a multifaceted brown-field regeneration that will create “an innovative, inspirational and imaginative urban park with a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter”.

Its low carbon, renewable deep geothermal district heating network will address fuel costs on the site and have the capability of being extended to service other areas of the community – a first for the UK.

The development will also include a light manufacturing facility and key worker private rental accommodation.

A cornerstone of the development will be the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub which is a 55,000sq.ft, three-storey building comprising vibrant interior spaces that will accommodate a number of enterprising and collaborative organisations and forms Phase I of the overall development.

The steel and concrete structure will be clad in profiled curtain walling and spandrel panels working in harmony to create a light, contemporary appearance consistent with the distinctive HALO brand. The project also features a Virtual Reality Café and ancillary retail and merchandising. A lower ground level plant room houses the equipment for the deep-well District Heating Network; the first time this technology has been used in a mixed-use project in the UK.

Construction of the building is expected to complete in Autumn 2019.

Keppie are architects for the project, with Dougal Baillie providing civil / structural engineering services and Ramboll providing M&E services. Landscape design is by TGP.

Marie Macklin, founder of the HALO, said: “With outline planning consent secured, I’m thrilled that we are maintaining the momentum on this important project with our submission for detailed planning consent for the HALO Enterprise & Innovation Hub, which will form the beating heart of this development. This is a major milestone for the project and for Keppie and the rest of the design team and it’s a delight to be working with them.