PLAN For Mixed-Use Transformation Of City Centre Outdoor Car Park

24 July, 2020 | Major Developments

CONSULTATION is underway over a major mixed-use development proposed for a Glasgow City Centre outdoor car park site.

Vengada Estates intends to submit an application seeking planning permission in principle (PPP) to transform land bounded by Osborne Street, King Street, Bridgegate and Stockwell Street.

Consent for a variety of uses will be sought including residential, offices, retail, food and drink, business and commercial, hotel and leisure, plus public realm.

Information released as part of pre-application consultation states: “The exact mix of uses will be decided once the masterplan has been approved and individual phases are brought forward.

“We anticipate there will be a mix of uses including places to live and work as well as shops, food/drink and cultural uses. This will be determined by several factors including market demand and interest from potential occupiers and operators.

“The description of development has therefore been written to include a wide range of uses at this stage.”

The document continues: “The heights and massing strategy has been carefully developed to respond to the site’s varied context which includes surrounding listed buildings such as the Briggait and South Block.

“A variety of building heights are proposed including taller building in considered locations where they can positively contribute to the city’s townscape.

“The proposed building heights are similar to other new developments in the city centre including Candleriggs Quarter and Buchanan Wharf.”

Vengada Estates, which owns the site and leases it to car park operator NCP, hope to lodge their planning application in the autumn. Development is not expected to commence before 2023.

The design team is being led by Glasgow-based architecture practice Stallan-Brand.

The development team state: “The prominence of such a large car park within the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City continues to be a focal point for discussion and over the past 20 years there have been a number of development proposals put forward for the site.

“With further emphasis globally on a shift towards more sustainable modes of travel, the site holds significant potential with regards to Glasgow City Council’s long-term strategy to reduce car dependence and congestion across the city centre and encourage increased use of public transport.”

Online consultation closes on 31 July.

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