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'Ungainly' Glasgow riverside pavilions win go-ahead

GD Lodge Architects has won planning permission for a £10 million, four-pavilion restaurant and leisure development at Broomielaw Quay in Glasgow

The scheme, which overlooks the river Clyde and features 10 new restaurants and coffee houses, is a joint venture between Glasgow City Council and Capella Developments.

When the plans were first submitted in May (2011), the project came in for heavy criticism from design watchdog Architecture + Design Scotland (A+DS), which branded the pavilions ‘heavy and ungainly’.

The design review panel added that the propoals would have a ‘detrimental effect on the carefully wrought environment of the river walkway’ and ‘would reduce the amenity along the frontage… breaking what is a well-used, linear public space into a series of partially shaded spaces’.

Jim Fitzsimons, chief executive of the Capella Group said that as a result of the A+DS review the scheme had been altered, although ‘more in detail than in basic design’.

The development team describe the project as a ‘vibrant new leisure destination for Glasgow’s residents and business community’ which will provide ‘a continental style food offering in what is an un-tapped market for [the City].’

Construction work is expected to start early next year (2012) with completion expected, according to the scheme’s backers, ’in time for the first rays of sunshine on the Clyde in spring 2013’.

Read A+DS’ full design review dated 16 August here.

Watch a flythrough of the proposals here.

Readers' comments (3)

  • This has to be easily the most disturbing planning approval granted by the city in recent years.

    Conceptually flawed, out of scale, materially suspect and more of a barrier on the waterfront than an attraction it also brings into question the significance of organisations like A+DS.

    Although their response was stifled by committee speak, their report was the most damning I have read recently for any project, yet the application was approved.

    Sad day for Glasgow and the high aspirations some of us have for the waterfront.

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  • p.s the yacht in the main image tells you all you need to know about the architects understanding of context.

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  • Looks like the Crystal Maze Industrial Zone....from the 1980's.

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