A MAJOR office development in Glasgow’s international financial services district has been granted planning permission in principle.

Mosaic Architecture + Design has been granted permission for the 290,000 sq ft, Grade A office development at Carrick Square, between Carrick Street and Brown Street and close to Atlantic Quay, on behalf of property developer Soller Group.

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The site is currently used as a car park, and the proposed development will, Mosaic noted, introduce a new public plaza joining Brown Street and Carrick Street on its north side, which would double as the building’s main entrance.

Mosaic said the development, which would have a u-shaped plan backing on to a central lightwell which in turn backed on to existing office space at 200 Broomielaw, would feature “extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing”. The development, over 14 floors above basement parking, will include south-facing terraces to “maximise views and light”.

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Nick Treadaway, founder and chief executive of Soller, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning-in-principle approval for this site, which further strengthens our presence in the desirable Glasgow office market. This exciting development will surpass the aspirations of the modern office occupier.”

Neil Haining, director of Mosaic, said: “The building’s massing is manipulated in response to its immediate context - in particular the existing office building to the south – creating the opportunity for southern aspects from the building.”

He added: “Gable ends are articulated to form two separate planes – one solid, one more transparent – allowing the building to increase in scale towards the north.”