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Plans for Scotland's tallest tower struggle to get off the ground

Plans for the tallest tower in Scotland have been mothballed following the collapse of City Lofts, the developer behind Conran & Partners’ £120 million Elphinstone skyscraper in Glasgow.

On Friday (4 July) it was confirmed that residential big-hitter City Lofts had gone into administration, meaning the future of the 134m-tall mixed-use project in Vincent Street looks increasingly bleak.

The news is the latest twist in the long-running saga surrounding the 40-storey tower which would have created 16,000m2 of office space, 208 apartments and additional retail space.

Late last year Conran & Partners was parachuted in to replace Scottish firm Cooper Cromar (whose proposals are pictured), the original practice on the scheme (AJ online 27.11.07), and proposed to completely redesign the tower – even though the plans had already been given the thumbs-up by Glasgow City Council back in 2004.

It is understood the practice’s other scheme with City Lofts – the 32-storey St Paul’s tower in Sheffield which is currently on site – is still progressing.

Conran & Partners refused to comment.

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