DETAILED plans for hundreds of built-to-rent apartments at the major mixed-use Candleriggs redevelopment in Glasgow City Centre have been approved.
Candleriggs Development 2 Limited, the joint venture between Drum Property Group and Stamford Property Investments, are proposing 346 units plus six commercial units at ground level.
The application relates to the south-east part of the site – Plot B (phase two) — bounded by Candleriggs and Trongate and includes the façade retention of a Category B Listed building on Trongate.
Glasgow’s planning applications committee gave permission for the proposals today.
The development will be up to 17 storeys high. There will be 33 studio apartments, 181 one-bedroom units, 100 with two bedrooms, 26 with three bedrooms and six penthouses.
The commercial units are expected to be retail and office/professional services and two units have been specifically designed to accommodate pub and restaurant/café uses.
A report by planning officials stated: “It is considered that the proposed development is of a high standard of design, utilising high quality materials and, as such, will both enhance the special character and appearance of the area and provide a contemporary but complementary counterbalance to its historic context.”
A design statement by architects Stallan-Brand, submitted with the application, explained: “Sitting in such a prime location within the Candleriggs Masterplan means the proposals for Plot B have to be cognisant of the buildings role as a part of a gateway into the development from the historic Trongate to the south.
“Our approach to the architecture of the building is deeply routed in an appreciation for place and an understanding of the rhythms and order of the fantastic historic architecture of The Merchant City.”
It continued: “Amenity has been provided across a range of spaces including shared courtyards, roof terraces and within new high quality public realm.
“This strategy will provide a good level of choice for residents and users depending on their needs.
“The south-facing roof terrace provides not only a unique roof-level amenity offer for the occupants of the building but stunning views south towards the River Clyde and across the city.”
Phase one of the Candleriggs Quarter development is a 500-room hotel.