Watkin Jones reveal plans for BTR scheme at Glasgow’s Portcullis House

The Watkin Jones Group has revealed its plans to deliver a Build to Rent development in Glasgow City Centre.

Glasgow’s Portcullis House site - Watkin Jones | BTR News
Glasgow’s Portcullis House site.

The Watkin Jones Group has revealed its plans to deliver a new Build to Rent development in Glasgow City Centre – on the Portcullis House site at Charing Cross, the former HMRC building. The site – on India Street – could see a 30 storey building dubbed as the tallest in Glasgow’s city centre.

“We’re thrilled to be announcing our exciting scheme for Portcullis House. The site is in a prime urban location with excellent access to amenities and transport links.

“Build to Rent and co-living offer high-quality rented accommodation at competitive prices to a wide-ranging demographic. There is huge demand in Glasgow for this model which offers long-term security of tenure, combined with the flexibility of renting.”

Iain Smith, Group Planning Director, Watkin Jones 

The Watkin Jones Group is undertaking consultations with politicians, community groups and local representatives – with a digital consultation taking place on 26 November. Suggestions and feedback will shared during consultations will be included in a Pre-Application Consultation report – which will accompany the planning application. Following the consultation period, Watkin Jones intends to submit planning for the scheme to Glasgow City Council. 

Proposals for the regeneration of the brownfield site will be a part of the overall renewal of the west end of the city. Plans include demolishing the current building on the site to make way for a new Build to Rent and coliving development – with up to 825 units. Plans also include street level areas with potential café, retail and coworking space, as well as amenities and ancillary facilities. If approved, completion is expected in 2024.

“Should we receive planning permission our residents will not only be able to rent an apartment but will also have an abundance of common amenities at their disposal, ideally suited for modern living.

“These proposals will greatly assist in the regeneration of this part of the city and we are consulting extensively to ensure that that the public have an opportunity to input their views and shape our ambitious proposals.”

Iain Smith, Group Planning Director, Watkin Jones