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Planning submitted for new Build to Rent homes in Glasgow city centre

Ryder Architecture has developed proposals for a new landmark residential and mixed-use development in Glasgow.

In the heart of Glasgow city centre, Ryder Architecture has developed proposals for a new landmark residential and mixed-use development on behalf of Brickland Ltd. Turley – a national planning and development consultancy has also submitted applications for planning, conservation area and listed building consents.

Once approved, the development at 64-72 Waterloo Street will provide one, two- and three-bedroom Build to Rent apartments and duplexes  – which are in walking distance from Glasgow Central Station. This aligns with Glasgow City Council’s aim to increase the number of people living in the city centre close to existing facilities and services, and also links with the Council’s goal of achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2030.

Waterloo Street Build to Rent development - external view, Glasgow city centre
Waterloo Street Build to Rent development – external view, Glasgow city centre

The development site

The site has a rich history – once home to Wright and Greig Ltd distillers. Distillers’ House – also known as Coltas House was designed by architect James Chalmers in 1898. Its southern and eastern façades fronting on to Waterloo Street are decorated and adorned with sculptures.

“The heritage assets on the site, including the B listed Distillers’ Building which will be sympathetically incorporated into the new development, will create a fantastic offer for residents and have made this a fascinating project to work on.”

Darren Leary, Chief Operating Officer, Brickland

The proposal will restore and repurpose key parts of the B-listed Distillers’ House which has been unoccupied and deteriorating for some time. In the 1940s, the building was badly damaged in a fire, resulting in the original dome and roof features being removed. These will be reinstated as part of the redevelopment, as well as several stonework repairs to restore the elevations to their original splendour.

The new build element will occupy 70-72 Waterloo Street as well as the rear of the site. A complementary elevation will front onto Waterloo Street before rising to the site’s rear, accommodating majority of the new homes with panoramic views across the city.

Waterloo Street Build to Rent, Glasgow city centre
Waterloo Street Build to Rent, Glasgow city centre

The proposal also includes a major new meeting space with various commercial and residential amenity uses – and will provide vibrancy to the area beyond the typical business hours of occupation in the Central Business District.

“Brickland is delighted to be involved in this fantastic project which will provide high quality residential accommodation in the city centre. 

“The Build to Rent sector is bourgeoning in Glasgow and we expect this development to make a significant contribution toward increasing vitality and vibrancy in the area, in line with Glasgow City Council’s aim of increasing sustainable city centre living.”

Darren Leary, Chief Operating Officer, Brickland

The delivery team includes Ryder Architecture, AA Projects, Woolgar Hunter, Futureserv and BB7. Turley is providing planning, heritage, townscape and VIA, sustainability and economics services for the project.

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