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110 Queen Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Tuesday 31 Mar 2009

Glasgow Queen Street project approved

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Conservation area in Scotland's largest city to receive modern addition 

Glasgow City Council has given detailed planning consent for 110 Queen Street, Glasgow – a new commercial mixed-used project designed by Holmes for developers Valad, Located in the heart of Glasgow and surrounded by mainly A-listed buildings, the £40m Queen Street project will be one of the most important major new city-centre buildings in a decade.

The design team worked closely with Glasgow City Council and Historic Scotland, with important input from Architecture and Design Scotland and the Glasgow Urban Design Panel, recognising the unique significance of the site, which is at the epicentre of the city’s first conservation area.

Harry Phillips, Holmes chairman and lead architect on the project said: “The design team and client are delighted to have achieved this major milestone in the delivery of this important project. The design has had to fulfil high architectural expectations in order to take its place alongside some very fine listed buildings, not least the Gallery of Modern Art in Royal Exchange Square”.

The new building will reconnect Ingram Street to Buchanan Street, forming part of a vital bridge between the Merchant City and the city centre’s more established retail district. The consented scheme completes the gap in the urban framing around GOMA and achieves this using high quality smooth sandstone textured by the physical modelling of deep-set windows. The block form has been fragmented by a split of glazing to reflect the street rhythms of adjacent properties. Above the stone 'shoulder level', which matches surroundings, the upper floors are clad with capless fritted glazing shaped to avoid a monolithic outline against the sky.

The design principles underpinning the project comply with key City design and development policies and planning guidance.

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