Glasgow approves 14-storey office block at Carrick Square
The second phase of a major office development at Carrick Square in Glasgow has been given the green light following a reduction in height from initial proposals.
Mosaic Architecture & Design submitted an application on behalf of property developer Soller Group for planning in principle to erect the second phase of planned office development at Carrick Street.
Initially designed at 17 storeys, the now 14-storey structure will be the same height as the phase one building, for which Soller Group has previously secured planning permission.
A number of commercial buildings and the headquarters of the homelessness charity Glasgow City Mission would be cleared as part of the phase two development.
City planners state in their decision report: “The footprint of the proposed building relates well with the surrounding street block, while the scale and massing are compatible with neighbouring modern office buildings and the consented phase one building.
“The application includes a suitable area of public realm which shall make a positive contribution to the wider locale.”
A design document included with the phase two planning application stated: “The proposed new 17-storey office building comprises 13 floors of open plan office space with an upper level roof terrace.
“At ground floor level, there is a generous double-height entrance lobby with break-out spaces, informal meeting areas and co-working stations.”
It added: “This proposed development of this site presents an exciting opportunity to address the increasing demand for Grade A commercial office accommodation within Glasgow city centre.
“Taking cognizance of the recently launched master plan for urban renewal within the ‘Broomielaw Quarter’ area of the city, a new public plaza linking Brown Street and Carrick Street will be introduced.
“This will provide a defined entrance area and route to the building and also contribute to the rising quality of the local streetscape.”
Soller Group said the second phase of Carrick Square, which will include a new public realm linking Brown and Carrick Streets, will also offer southern aspects and a roof terrace with panoramic views. A double-height entrance foyer will offer break-out and meeting spaces as well as being A rated for Energy Performance.
Carrick Square will also strive for market leading scores in carbon efficiency (both during construction and also in operation), NABERS and BREEAM accreditation, Wiredscore and Well ratings.