By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Scheme for sensitive Glasgow site slammed by watchdog

Aedas's plans for Bothwell Street in Glasgow have been condemned as a 'missed opportunity' by Architecture + Design Scotland

The 18-storey scheme includes 320 hotel rooms and 32,000m² of office space and would replace the demolished Albany Hotel, adjacent to Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s 1859 St Vincent Street Church. The grade-A listed church is the last of the architect’s still fully intact and was put on UNESCO’s world monuments list in 2006.

A+DS was concerned with how the design might affect the setting of Thomson’s church and the impact the building’s height would have on the city skyline. It also called for a more detailed consideration of the hotel’s public realm and a broader approach to sustainability.

Its conclusion reads: 'We do not support the proposal. We feel it is a missed opportunity that does not present a coherent scheme. There is a distinct concern that the current approach may recreate, without improving upon, what was previously on the site.'

A source close to the A+DS design review panel said: 'I've never read such a damning response but I wonder if it will have any effect. The worry is that because of the economic situation, projects like this might still get the go ahead because it is such a major investment.'

In an interview with last September, Aedas director Richard Blair said: 'We've done extensive analysis of the streetscapes in the area, we've done extensive analysis of views to the site from a variety of locations and we feel that it's a very good response to the streetscape.'

Responding to the report today, Blair told the AJ: 'Aedas are satisfied that we have been working, in conjunction with the planning department, to produce a very exciting development.'

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters