Plans submitted for £10m waterfront development

27 May 2011

A stunning new leisure development is being proposed at Broomielaw Quay, a joint venture between Glasgow City Council and Capella Developments.

A vibrant new restaurant and leisure quarter which is set to transform Glasgow's waterfront and create a luxury destination in the heart of the city has taken a massive step forward after plans were lodged with Glasgow City Council.

The stunning £10 million Broomielaw Quay project will be a joint venture between Glasgow City Council and Capella Developments, part of Glasgow-based Capella Group.

Once completed, the 32,000sq ft pavilion-style development will house a series of bars, restaurants and cafes on the banks of the River Clyde at the Broomielaw, adjacent to the city's International Financial Services District (IFSD).

The Broomielaw Quay scheme will feature up to nine restaurant, bar and cafe units within a high quality public realm along the waterfront to create a continental-style experience on the north bank of the Clyde.  

The new leisure quarter is expected to create up to 150 new jobs and complements the longer term development aspirations of Glasgow including the IFSD and the creation of the Fastlink high frequency dedicated bus service between the city centre, the IFSD, SECC and the new Transport Museum at Glasgow Harbour.

Jim Fitzsimons, chief executive of Capella Group, said a major milestone in the evolution of the project had been reached with the submission of plans. He said: "The River Clyde is the heart of the city, but the people of Glasgow and those who come to visit have never had the benefit of a vibrant, accessible and attractive waterfront leisure destination where they can have a coffee or a meal and relax.

"It's easy to forget the Clyde is so close to the City Centre. This development will allow people to re-engage with the river and enjoy it the way many other cities throughout Europe have done.

"With the Commonwealth Games only three years away, we see this scheme acting as a postcard from Glasgow, showcasing it to the rest of the world as a modern, vibrant city.

"We also see this development heralding significant economic benefits, channelling around £10 million in direct private sector investment and injecting life into the IFSD both within and outwith office hours.

"This project seeks to attract signature restaurants and cafes and will mark the emergence of the Broomielaw as a new leisure district, complementing its status as a world-class business location."

Should planning permission be granted, construction is expected to commence in early 2012, with the development open for business in spring 2013.

Broomielaw Quay has been designed by architects GD Lodge, while Fiona Hamilton at King Sturge has been appointed to market the development to potential occupiers and David Davidson at Cushman & Wakefield is arranging the funding package for the development.  Conran Design has been appointed to provide the branding for the scheme.

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