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Leading architects slam Glasgow's riverside redevelopment

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Two of Scotland’s leading Modernist architects have blasted the redevelopment of Glasgow’s riverside, claiming the site is being ‘raped’ by developers.

Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, who designed the now-decaying masterpiece St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, believe the Clydeside redevelopment is merely a money-making exercise.

Speaking at the launch of an exhibition of their work at the Lighthouse, Macmillan said: ‘Things are done without any continuity, there’s no value put on what was there before. If you can make more money by using the site, then you say “let’s clear it all away and build houses”.’

‘There is a rape of the waterfront going on. Buildings are being thrown up along there because people believe that they can get higher rents from riverside views,’ he continued.

In response to MacMillan and Metzstein’s outburst, Alan Dunlop of gm+ad has defended his practice’s work on the waterfront (pictured), and also disagrees with the use of the term ‘rape’.

‘It shouldn’t be used to describe architecture, architects or development. It's an unequivocal term and demeaning, particularly to women,’ said Dunlop.

‘What he says is not my experience at all. It's easy, also, when you are held in such high regard to be so disparaging to others and their efforts.

‘It's true that not all projects along the Clyde are first rate – that's also true of all riverside development, throughout the world – but we are very proud of our riverside designs and the quality of the public realm we’ve created.

‘Our clients are committed and we have found working with the City Council to be generally positive,’ Dunlop concluded.

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