£180m plan to build riverside flats

17 Apr 2007

The Herald, by Gerry Braiden

One of the lead developers in Manchester's regeneration is behind plans for more than 180 flats at City Wharf overlooking Clyde Waterfront in Glasgow.

Dandara's £180m scheme, which if approved will see the residential properties housed in four 22-storey blocks, comes a day before Glasgow City Council is expected to give the green light for the completion of the Atlantic Quay development.

The plans, based at the heart of the city's International Financial Services district, include six buildings, based around small public piazzas, and office and residential accommodation, as well as retail and leisure outlets.

Designed by award-winning architecture practice GM & AD, the scheme being put forward by Dandara lies just west of the Kingston Bridge on Anderston Quay and will contain 853 apartments, as well as 18,500 square metres of office and commercial space.

It is hoped the location will enhance the connectivity between the developments along the Clyde and Glasgow city centre if approved by the authority's Planning Committee later this year.

Peter Lackey, managing director of Dandara, said: "We look forward to bringing this scheme forward to enable commencement and delivery of another exciting major mixed-use urban regeneration project within Glasgow itself.

"This new venture will provide quality office, retail and residential property to the marketplace."

Fellow developer Wilson Bowden will discover tomorrow whether the brownfield sites on the other side of the Kingston Bridge will be granted consent for another major scheme.

The company bought the Atlantic Quay site in 2001 and in that time its demolition and facade retention schemes have attracted BT and Scottish Enterprise to the area.

The financial services district, or IFSD, is halfway through its 10-year timespan to be fully operational and well on track to reach its target of attracting 20,000 new jobs to the city and creating two million sq ft of premium office space by 2011.

The proposals up for approval are two stand-alone developments, the first containing a 12-storey office block, a six-storey office building with retail space and 62 flats behind an A-listed warehouse facade, complete with basement car parking.

The second block contains two six-storey and one seven-storey office buildings.

Meanwhile, 320 new homes have been earmarked for the former Barr's Irn Bru Factory in Glasgow's east end.

The soft drinks maker left its Gallowgate home in February, where it had been for 120 years, for a purpose-built facility in Cumbernauld.

Bellway Homes will hear tomorrow whether its proposal for 278 flats and 42 terraced homes has been successful.


Reproduced with the permission of The Herald (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Architect's impression of riverside flats, east elevation, by GM+AD Architects

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