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Central Quay

Glasgow, UK
Summix Capital

Planning submitted

2022 - Ongoing
Client / Summix Capital
Client Adviser / Unite
Architect & Lead Designer / 3DReid
Architect / Graeme Nicholls Architects
Landscape Architect / re-form
Planning Consultant / Turley
Project Manager / Arcadis
Cost Consultant / Arcadis
Structural Engineer / Will Rudd Davidson
MEP Engineer / Butler Consulting
Sustainability / Greengage
Fire Engineer / Jensen Hughes
Transport / Dougall Baillie
Communication & PR / Orbit PR
Ecologist / Delta-Simons
Daylight & Sunlight / Anstey Horne
Acoustics / Auditive
Wind / RWDI
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The Central Quay development site provides an opportunity to remaster a prominent and strategic part of Glasgow city centre.

The mixed-use development comprises residential, purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), and commercial uses, with associated landscaping and public realm on a brownfield site at Central Quay, Glasgow. The proposals will deliver a major urban regeneration project.

The urban strategy puts placemaking at the heart of the design process. An understanding of the history, stories and built fabric of this place have tailored a contextual response unique to Central Quay.

The design principles of the Glasgow grid-iron urban pattern are applied to the site as a means to organically grow the city centre west. High density neighbourhoods are organised around a recognisable network of characterful streets and spaces.

The proposed urban strategy defines four development plots. Plot A, B and D have been developed by 3DReid. Plot C is by Graeme Nicholls Architects.

The proposals also include supplementary retail, wellbeing and food & beverage opportunities, car parking and inclusive access arrangements. The wider project also looks to rejuvenate the existing office building at 2 Central Quay.


Central Quay Landscape Plan

Central Quay Plot B C and D looking West

Central Quay Aerial Visual looking South

Central Quay Aerial Visual looking North

The culture of making that was intrinsic to the settlement of this area in the 18th century has informed the placemaking approach to Central Quay. Textiles, weaving and stitching are themes explored in the arrangement of streets, spaces and materials. The distinct colours of the historic pottery from the area – China white and basalt black – have defined a new contextual material language. These distinct tones from Central Quays past will create a bold new identity for this future place.

Image: Anderson Pottery

“A careful consideration of the physical site, wider context and history of this place have informed an urban strategy that looks to successfully weave a new neighbourhood into the fabric of the city.”

Euan McLaren, Director, 3DReid
Euan McLaren,
Director, 3DReid
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