PLANNING permission has been given for a massive office building on a site near the Broomielaw that includes Glasgow City Mission’s headquarters.
Phase two of Carrick Square will be on a third of a city block on land bounded by Brown Street, Crimea Street and Carrick Street.
The 14-storey structure will be behind — and be the same height as — the phase one building for which developer Soller Group previously secured planning permission. The original proposal for the second block was for a 17-floor building (see image below) but it was reduced.
A number of commercial buildings and Glasgow City Mission’s headquarters would be cleared as part of the phase two development. No information is given in planning documents regarding what will happen regarding relocating the charity.
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 states: “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 continued: “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 masterplan 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.”