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Chapman Taylor's huge Glasgow scheme takes a battering

Chapman Taylor's massive £1.2 billion Glasgow Harbour regeneration project has been slated by design watchdog Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS).

The 30ha mixed-use Meadowside Quay scheme, billed as a 'new city district' for Glasgow's West End waterfront, was branded 'fundamentally flawed' at a recent review meeting.

The practice's proposals, which are at the outline planning stage, will wrap around Zaha Hadid's under-construction Museum of Transport and could include a 30-storey residential tower, a 200-bed hotel, retail units and a central piazza.

However, the A+DS panel was unconvinced by the plans for the tricky site next to the River Clyde claiming the designs lacked 'ambition and vision' and that the proposals neither knitted 'into Partick, nor do they address the road system in a grand heroic manner'.

The reviewers went on to say: 'We believe that the design would benefit from the reconfiguration of the component parts to achieve a bolder vision that is more considered and thoughtful about urban design, and which better integrates with its context, resulting in enhanced economic social and environmental benefit for all.'

It is the second time the masterplan has come before the A+DS panel, having already been vetted last year.

Chapman Taylor's Bob Chitham insists that the designs have moved on from the original concepts and feels the review was not as constructive as the initial meeting.

He said: 'This is still an outline application and we still need to clearly identify the site area and the quantum of development.

'We believe we responded to the constructive criticism from the review a year ago, but these gifts were swallowed like a boa constrictor.'

The practice has now offered to have a detailed felt-pen-on-whiteboard session with A+DS to move the project forward but is still awaiting a response.

by Richard Waite

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