Major plans for One Cowcaddens BTR in Glasgow approved

The exciting proposals for the new landmark One Cowcaddens Build to Rent development have been unanimously approved.

The proposals for the One Cowcaddens development in Glasgow have been approved | Glasgow City Council | Global Mutual | Cortland Consult | BTR News
The proposals for the One Cowcaddens development in Glasgow have been approved.

Developer Global Mutual, alongside Build to Rent consultancy Cortland Consult, have had proposals for the One Cowdaddens residential development unanimously approved by Glasgow City Council today (20 March 2024).

Global Mutual was commended at the committee meeting on its ‘textbook’ proposal, with councillors particularly pleased with its efforts to minimise the carbon footprints of the plans, noting that this approach should be an exemplar for other developments in the city. The focus on Net Zero was at the core of the development’s objectives, and this too was commended by the Planning Committee. LifeProven were the ESG Consultant for the scheme.

Designed by Keppie Design, One Cowcaddens is set to deliver 595 new homes alongside amenities, community space, and new landscaped gardens and public realm, in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. As part of the scheme, the failing Buchanan House will be deconstructed, with 94% of the existing building fabric recycled. 

CGI of the scheme | Glasgow City Council | Global Mutual | Cortland Consult | BTR News
CGI of the scheme.

The planning application – which was submitted last year – is the culmination of a series of structured Pre-Application meetings and consultations undertaken with Glasgow City Council over a 14-month period, to develop the proposals and a vision for the site that aligns with the city’s ambitions. 

“This project was one of the most enjoyable and ground-breaking projects I have worked on to date. The client embraced the core values of Build to Rent while targeting the lowest whole life carbon, this resulted in Cortland Consult and the Project winning the Development Phase, Whole Life Cost Award from The ARL (recently rebranded UKAA).”

Iain Murray, Senior Director Build to Rent Consultancy (Europe), Cortland Consult

The proposal for the One Cowdaddens scheme ranges in height from seven to 21 storeys, creating a layered urban response and providing opportunity for an active roofscape on the south-facing amenity terraces. Fronting onto Port Dundas Road, the development will enhance the public realm by providing ground floor commercial units that activate the street. The public realm incorporates space for spill out from these commercial units, public seating, planting and pedestrian movement.

CGI of the development | Glasgow City Council | Global Mutual | Cortland Consult | BTR News
CGI of the development.

The One Cowdaddens proposal has also considered the future context of the Cowcaddens Road ‘Avenues Plus’ project. This will see the pedestrianisation of a section of Port Dundas Road and the creation of a neighbourhood scale public space which includes an integrated active travel route, extensive planting and public seating.

Designed by Frank Cossell, the bronze ‘Locomotion’ statue (1967) will be retained as a central feature within the new public realm – a proud reminder of the site’s rich heritage.