Glasgow practice Stallan-Brand has won approval for the masterplan of its major new development on the banks of the River Clyde, which will include a new HQ for Barclays bank
The Buchanan Wharf project, for developer Drum Property Group, will create seven buildings providing 98,000m² of offices, more than 300 homes and 6,200m² of other commercial space.
In July, the developer announced it had signed up Barclays to take 44,000m² in the development for its new headquarters.
Stallan-Brand said the building façades in its masterplan paid homage to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art, while other aspects drew inspiration from Kingston House – a listed building to be retained as a standing ruin at the heart of the development.
The masterplan proposes that Kingston House itself should be turned into an ‘inhabited ruin or folly’.
The proposal would see only the external walls of the two primary historic elevations retained, with the roof, all internal structure and glazing removed.
The practice’s design director, Paul Stallan, said: ‘The key thing that the client and city have really been interested in is having a non-corporate approach to the design. We have tried to develop a vernacular that looks like it has evolved rather than reflecting a singular style.‘
‘On the other side of the Clyde you have the city’s financial district which is shiny and metal and we wanted to create something that looks more tactile and lived-in.’
A more contemporary interpretation has been explored on the south, east and west façades, which follow the same principles of proportion and articulation but use a different material and tonal palette to express datums, entrances and massing.
The façades will be propped up to become a free-standing sculpture and highly permeable gateway, framing an active and flexible social space, according to the design code submitted with the proposals.
Detailed applications for the first two buildings on site, designed by Aberdeen architect Halliday Fraser Munro, have been submitted for planning for the scheme, which gained outline approval from Glasgow City Council in January last year.
The first, a seven storey block, will provide 10,700m² of office space, while the second, a 10-storey building, will provide 19,000 m² of offices.
A Drum Property Group spokesperson has described the Buchanan Wharf development as a ‘benchmark development in Scotland, a new and distinctive quarter for the city’.
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