£200m residential proposal unveiled for Glasgow’s High Street

Plans to transform Glasgow’s High Street area by investing £200 million in a new 7.5 acre residential neighbourhood of more than 700 homes for rent have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

In addition to 727 new build-to-rent homes on the site behind High Street rail station, the application proposes a new public square, as well as 99 student studios and circa 3,365sqm of retail, leisure, food, drink and commercial business space. For the first time, the area will be opened up through new tree-lined access routes, connecting the Merchant City through High Street and into the East End.

The area was the original location of the University of Glasgow, the Hunterian Museum and later became the goods yard of the City of Glasgow Union Railway Company. The Molendinar Burn, the original freshwater source upon which Glasgow was founded, also passes underneath the site. However, other than a small section currently used as a car park, the site has lain empty and derelict for many years.

The bold new vision to bring the site back to life has been put together by Get Living, the large scale residential investor and owner-operator of the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, now known as East Village. The multi-million pound investment in Glasgow is the company’s first venture outside of London.

Following public consultations with the local community, the outline planning consent granted to the previous site owner has been reconfigured to create a truly residential-led and green neighbourhood, including new public amenities and access routes.

Glasgow-based architects Stallan-Brand, who have worked on major development projects in the city including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Tron Theatre, drew up the plans alongside internationally-renowned urban landscape designers Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP) to create inspiring and sustainable public areas through the site.

An established operator in the UK’s Build to Rent sector, Get Living believes Build to Rent neighbourhoods can help alleviate housing shortages in city centres, with properties typically brought to the market and occupied more quickly than for-sale developments.

Rick de Blaby, executive deputy chairman at Get Living, said: “The housing shortage in the UK needs no introduction and we know from our own research that there is a demand for high quality and professionally-managed rental homes in safe, well-maintained neighbourhoods.

“Our £200m proposal is a significant investment for Get Living and commits us fully to the long-term growth and success of Glasgow. Our role will see us working alongside the Council and its own ambitious plans for the city, alongside businesses that need to recruit and retain staff and most importantly for the people of Glasgow to deliver great homes set within new public spaces.

“We have listened carefully to local people, then worked very hard to create these ambitious plans for a new green neighbourhood in the heart of the city. This is a historic site and we are keen to see it become a thriving part of Glasgow’s future.”

Get Living CEO, Neil Young, added: “We believe this new neighbourhood at High Street will be an ideal fit for this part of the city and bring what is currently an invisible site back to life.

“People who want to live and work in central Glasgow, from NHS employees, IT and financial services specialists to university staff, will be able to rent a home with award-winning customer service, from a landlord they can call on seven days a week. Residents and the neighbouring community will also have a diverse range of retail, commercial and leisure outlets right on their doorstep that will complement the existing High Street area.

“We commit to our neighbourhoods for the long term, building vibrant, safe and well-managed places to live. More than 3,000 people now rent from us in East Village and, since we launched in 2013, we’ve helped foster a strong sense of community by supporting independent retailers, funding grassroots clubs and hosting free events. We are committed to bringing this neighbourhood-focused approach to Glasgow.”

Subject to planning consent being granted, work on site would start in late 2018.

Council agrees plans to build intergenerational campus in Jedburgh

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to proposals to build an intergenerational learning campus in Jedburgh and formally close the existing nursery, primary, secondary and specialist provision in the town.

Stallan-Brand Architects, working alongside the council, hub South EastBAM and TGP, are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

A statutory consultation on the plans was undertaken between 8 May to 18 June 2017, with feedback received incorporated into a report that was approved by the council’s executive in November 2017.

The proposal will result in the permanent closure of Jedburgh Grammar as well as the nursery and primary provisions at Howdenburn and Parkside schools.

Howdenburn Schoolhouse will also be closed and the educational support for secondary aged pupils with additional support needs transferred to the new campus.

The school catchment zones for Howdenburn Primary, Parkside Primary and Jedburgh Grammar will be rezoned to the new campus. This will also be the case for the Ancrum Primary P6 and P7 pupils who currently transition to Parkside.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “I am delighted that we now have full agreement to these proposals and can progress with our plans to create this unique and much anticipated replacement school provision for Jedburgh with the educational opportunities that it has potential to provide for people of all ages.

“There has been extensive consultation and public engagement throughout the process as it was important to make sure that pupils, family members, staff and the wider Jedburgh community were fully engaged with the proposals. We would like thank everyone who took part for their responses and the support we have received. We now look forward to working together and making this vision a reality.”

The Scottish Government has been informed of the council’s decision and now has an eight week period of further consideration. Members of the public are also entitled to submit any further representations directly to the Scottish Government during the three week period from Thursday 21 December to Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Paisley cultural quarter proposal wins FutureTown Design Competition

Baker Street Paisley gardensA plan to transform waste ground in Paisley into a new cultural and arts quarter has been named as the winner of an urban renewal competition.

The ‘Paisley Baker Street’ entry, submitted by Paisley Community Trust, proposes a three to five screen cinema, 500 seat main theatre, 150 seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and offices as well as a bar and restaurant and outdoor area and gardens on the site behind Arnotts on Gauze Street.

The Stallan-Brand-designed project has been named Baker Street in reference to the classic 1970s hit by late Paisley-born songwriter Gerry Rafferty.

The plan won a public vote in the FutureTown Design Competition, which invites organisations and members of the public to submit sketches, photographs or short written descriptions of how urban spaces could be renewed.

After receiving applications, Scotland’s Towns Partnership shortlisted entries and held a public vote during Scotland’s Towns Week, 20 – 26 November 2017. Full results and shortlisted designs can be viewed here.

Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said: “The FutureTown Design Competition, now in it’s third year, is all about stimulating conversations and provoking ideas to highlight what a possible future town could look like.

“As our communities strive to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the competition asks: how can town centres stimulate low carbon and sustainable living; encourage digitally-driven tourism; promote culture, health and well-being; deliver connectivity and economic growth, and become places of opportunity and choice for all?

“I’d like to thank all of the shortlisted entries for sharing their innovative ideas in response to these challenges, and showing just how much local expertise, activism and collaboration is at work in our diverse towns.

“In particular, I’d like to congratulate Paisley Community Trust for their winning entry, which proved very popular with the voting public. Their proposal for a performing arts / film theatre and academy shows how culture can be harnessed to create the ‘future history’ of Scotland’s towns, and why Paisley’s creative effervescence makes it a perfect candidate for UK City of Culture 2021.”

Amendments made to Union Terrace Gardens designs

Union Terrace Gardens_Rosemount ViaductLDA Design has submitted a raft of refinements to its Union Terrace Gardens proposals following feedback from the public.

The latest plans include a realignment of a proposed new walkway, linking Union Street to the Gardens, to reduce the potential impact on any future development of the adjacent railway line.

Steps have also been taken to provide further protection of the views and setting of the Robert Burns and Edward VII statues through redesign of the proposed buildings nearby.

The scheme refinements are in response to representations made about the detailed planning application submitted earlier this year. LDA Design has also been liaising with Historic Environment Scotland on developing the scheme.

Union Terrace Gardens_refinementsLDA Design, which is working alongside Stallan-Brand on the project, said its imaginative revamp of Aberdeen’s sunken Victorian Gardens respects the unique character and history of this heart-of-the-city space, whilst aiming to make it more social and more usable.

Director Kirstin Taylor, who is leading the project, said: “There’s so much beauty and charm in the Gardens. These amended plans get us even closer to capturing this and enhancing the existing heritage, enabling us to better balance traditional park enjoyment with new ideas and uses.

“We are working closely with all parties to make sure Union Terrace Gardens is a wonderful asset for the city for generations to come, a place where people belong.”

The amendment ensures the agreed six key design principles continue to be met: A preserved and enhanced green space; new and improved facilities; celebrating the heritage; creation of flexible events spaces; accessible Gardens for all; a safe and active space.
It is hoped that planning approval can be obtained as early as February.

Geology-inspired Jedburgh schools campus plans submitted

Jedburgh School

(Image: Scottish Borders Council)

Plans have been lodged by Scottish Borders Council to demolish a primary to make way for a new facility merging three schools in Jedburgh.

Working alongside Borders Council, Hub South East, BAM and TGP, the team are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

The project is one of four to share £28m from the latest phase of the Schools for the Future programme.

It would see Parkside Primary knocked down and merged with Howdenburn Primary and Jedburgh Grammar on a campus for children aged two to 18.

Stallan-Brand Architects, which has submitted the plans on behalf of the local authority, said: “The strong banding makes reference to the horizontal layering of Jedburgh Abbey, and the roof-forms create a distant character to the building which reacts the vernacular of the Jedburgh townscape of roofs and spires.

“The intention is to integrate planting on, and around, the wall forms to reinforce the concept of the landform drawn from the hillside.”

If the project receives approval it is hoped the new facility at Hartrigge Park could be open by 2020.

More details unveiled for Paisley theatre and cinema complex

Baker Street Paisley gardensInitial designs for a cultural and creative quarter in Paisley have been unveiled by Glasgow architects Stallan-Brand.

Developed in conjunction with Paisley Community Trust (PCT), the £24.7 million proposals include a three to five screen cinema, 500 seat main theatre, 150 seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and offices as well as a bar and restaurant and outdoor area and gardens.

Named Baker Street Paisley in reference to the classic 1970s hit by the late Gerry Rafferty, the facility would be built on the site behind Arnotts on Gauze Street.

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PCT now hopes to raise funding for the project.

If the successful, the complex would be due for completion in 2021.

While not forming a direct part of Paisley’s 2021 City of Culture bid, if the bid is successful it is hoped the venue will play an important part in the year.

All images courtesy of Stallan-Brand / Paisley Community Trust

Glasgow approves plans for £20m hotel

Stallan-Brand Clyde Dixon hotel 2Plans for a 150-bedroom hotel complete with a sky bar overlooking the River Clyde have been given the green light by council officials.

The 17-storey building on the corner of Dixon Street and Clyde Street was a floor higher when plans were first unveiled in October last year.

Designed by Glasgow architects Stallan Brand, the £20 million development will incorporate a ground floor restaurant and retail space, as well as the city’s first publicly accessible rooftop bar.

Council committee members said they hoped the boutique hotel at the junction of Dixon Street would help to transform the area beside the Clyde, once home to shops and nightclubs but now lies almost derelict.

Developers Clyde Dixon said the site was chosen for its position at the end of Glasgow’s “Style Mile”.

Stallan-Brand Clyde Dixon hotelThe building will act as a focal point in the city centre and will be able to be seen from the top of Buchanan Street.

Blair Greenock, a senior planner at Glasgow City Council, said the designs were “unashamedly modern” and “symbolic of Glasgow’s industrial heritage”.

He told the planning committee that explained 12 objections and one letter of support had been received, before the panel voted unanimously to approve the scheme.

Historic Scotland objected as the body said it was concerned about the impact on the A-listed former ticket office at St Enoch’s square.

SPT also submitted a notice of objection as the development is close to the subway station.

The decision now has to be sent for scrutiny to Scottish Ministers, according to Mr Greenock.

Developers unveil £20m plans for 18-storey hotel in central Glasgow

Stallan-Brand Clyde Dixon hotelPlans have been unveiled for a 150-bedroom hotel overlooking the River Clyde in Glasgow.

The proposed 18-storey tower at the corner of Dixon Street and Clyde Street incorporates a ground floor restaurant and retail space, as well a publicly accessible rooftop bar.

Stallan-Brand Clyde Dixon hotel 3Architects Stallan-Brand is said to have drawn upon abstract images of Glasgow’s historic ships, bridges and cranes for its design.

“The challenge of creating a tall, iconic building which improve Glasgow’s skyline and international image is one we relish,” a spokeswoman said.

“It is always exciting to be part of changes which enhance the vitality of a city.”

Stallan-Brand Clyde Dixon hotel 2Developers Clyde Dixon said the site was chosen for its position at the end of Glasgow’s “Style Mile”.

Miriam White, Clyde Dixon spokeswoman, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to create a landmark building which will bring a range of people together in a combined city-waterfront location.”

If the plans are approved, work is expected to begin in the autumn of 2017 with a completion date of late 2018.

Plans submitted to regenerate former Renfrewshire shoe lace factory site

Paton’s Mill plansThe owners of the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone have lodged plans where detailed consent is sought to create retail and leisure facilities on the 10 acre site.

4th Developments (Johnstone) Limited and @sipp (Pension Trustees) Limited have submitted a detailed planning application to create the first phase of the regeneration with two mixed use retail warehouse units and a drive thru, creating a total of 3,200 sq m of floor space.

At this stage there are no tenants secured for the development but discussions continue with prospective occupiers with strong interest being received.

The major application process commenced in May 2016 when the redevelopment master plan of the proposals, which includes the regeneration of the former shoelace factory with retail warehouse units, a drive thru restaurant, family pub/restaurant and housing together with the opening up of the riverside woodland with a historical trail, was exhibited as part of the public community consultation process.

The redevelopment is being project and asset managed for the developers by 4th Consulting Ltd.

Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting said: “The design team have worked closely with Renfrewshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland. The site has been in a distressed state for many years and the development masterplan will transform this gateway site into Johnstone.

“With significant interest from occupiers, we can offer a real opportunity to revitalise this area and it will bring people and commerce back into this once flourishing location.

“By opening up of the woodland area, enabling enable the history of the site to be preserved with information boards detailing the story of the mills, it will become an attractive stop off point for visitors and provides a short walkway into the town.

“We are delighted to be bringing an unoccupied site on this scale back into use and its redevelopment can only add to the local economy and we hope this will be catalyst for further regeneration in the Johnstone area.”

Subject to planning approval, demolition will commence early 2017, with a view to the build programme being completed by September 2018.

The design influence for the retail units has followed the form of some of the buildings occupying the site however this will not be of the scale of the former mill.  The retail units’ designers Stallan-Brand, have selected a pallete of dark grey, softened at the entrances with wood finish soffit detailing and glazed frontages, creating a modern and elegant finish.

The planning application has been prepared and submitted by Colliers International on behalf of the site owners.

Plans submitted for £75m Glasgow city centre redevelopment

Formal Investments GlasgowProperty investor Formal Investments has lodged its plans for a £75 million commercial redevelopment in the centre of Glasgow.

The proposals will see the provision of a 12-storey new build element, incorporating 130,000 sq ft of Grade A office space on Bath Street, as well as the remodelling and refurbishment of a second building, formerly home to retailer BHS.

Improvements to a third premises located on Sauchiehall Street will take the total area covered to 240,000 sq ft.

A portion of the BHS site has been tabled for demolition to make way for the new building, with the remaining construction set to house around 80,000 sq ft of office space above the existing retail offering. Interiors will be carefully designed to complement the contemporary exterior which will have an industrial feel, featuring elements of exposed brickwork.

The properties were acquired last year by Formal Investments.

Director Nicholas King said: “This proposal shows a really exciting vision for an important site in Glasgow city centre and will provide the highest quality environments for retailers and businesses large and small.”

The architectural design work for the redevelopment has been carried out by Glasgow practice Stallan-Brand.

Associate Patrick Wilson said: “Formal Investment’s proposed redevelopment presents a unique opportunity to revitalise and transform the quality of the urban environment and public realm in this location, through the creation of new public spaces and improved and more appropriate mixed use activity.”

Gleeds will be responsible for assisting with the appointment of additional consultants as well as managing the entire programme of works.