Glasgow goliath receives planning

Thursday 12 Feb 2009

Aedas design for Scottish city's tallest commercial building gets thumbs-up

International architectural practice, Aedas, has received planning consent for its masterplan, architectural and landscape design for Bothwell Plaza, in Bothwell Street Glasgow.

Conceived as a driving force of the continued regeneration of the area, the completed scheme will be the tallest commercial building in Glasgow.The 60,000 sq m, 18-storey development will comprise a mixed-use scheme including office, retail and leisure space and a five-star, 320-bed hotel. The design aims to fulfil the European Development Company’s aspirations for an architectural icon and gratify a rising demand for hotelaccommodation in the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Richard Blair, Aedas’ Project Director, said: “We have worked in partnership with our client and the City Council to meet their aspirations for the site and to create a design which is ambitious in its conception and worthy of such a landmark location.”

Stuart Graham, Aedas’ Project Associate remarked: “The design meets the challenges of a complex site in a manner that is both responsive and bold.The proposals are a synthesis of a rigorous analysis process and a desire to create a distinctive urban statement.”

“The proposals provide a holistic response to urban design and sustainability issues, which are fully integrated into the design. The passive shading devices will be lit to create a shimmering effect across the elevation and merge into the ‘crown’ at the top of the building to give it a strongarchitectural quality.”

The estimated completion date for Bothwell Plaza is 2011. Aedas is working with design team members Halcrow Yolles structural engineers, WSP service engineers, Occa Interior Design, and Currie and Brown quantity surveyor.

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