The Glasgow Times may reveal that plans to replace Glasgow’s Skyline with a tower block of hundreds of “extremely affordable” homes will be rejected.
Members of the Blythswood and Broomielaw community. Council They are preparing to object to the bid, which will occupy the former HMRC building, Porcullis House, on India Street.
Developers Watkin-Jones Group has submitted applications to Glasgow City Council for the demolition of the existing building to pave the way for 685 new Build to Rent (BTR) and co-residential housing.
But, residents say the bid will not be based on architectural or cultural influence based on its size.
Alex Cheung, chairman of the community council, said: “This development will be the tallest building in the city center and we believe it is not in line with the surrounding city scenario.
This is especially evident when the proposed building sits behind a tiehouse as you approach the cheering cross from the westbound M8 slip road and stick like a wound thumb at the proposed height of 100 meters.
“The building itself will not be a building of architectural or cultural influence and we do not see the appeal of a building designed for new graduates.”
Earlier this month, we explained how the Watkin-Jones Group consulted extensively with local representatives and community groups before submitting their application.
“The supply of such high-quality housing, which is sorely needed, will offset the growing demand,” he said.
“It will work to retain the city’s talented youth as well as to recreate the city center, which is a key aspiration of the city council.
Glasgow City Council’s City Center Living Strategy aims to double the city center’s population to 40,000 over the next 15 years, and increasing its city center density is essential to its long-term success and sustainability. Such schemes do just that.
“The site has excellent transport links and local businesses will clearly benefit from these suggestions.”
While locals welcomed suggestions to recreate the area, community group members were concerned about the height of the complex and suggested the developers reduce the size.
Mr Cheung added: “The Blythewood and Bromelau Community Council welcomes any proposal that could help recreate the west bank of the city center. However, we are concerned that this development could affect the city’s skyline. Will not fit and will draw the wrong attention due to its size.
“If the height of the building is in line with the surrounding area, we will strongly support this proposal.”
If the application is approved, the 279-unit building will be seen by residents sharing living space in a co-living environment.
People living in the building will be offered long-term security and will have access to extensive on-site facilities, such as a gym and workspace.
Members of the public will also be able to access the upper floor of the development once through the booking system.