Plans to knock down empty offices at Cowcaddens and build almost 600 flats have been recommended for approval next week.

Investment management company Davidson Kempner and real estate firm Global Mutual have asked Glasgow City Council for permission to redevelop a site at Port Dundas Road.

They intend to replace Buchanan House, originally offices for British Rail, with 519 build-to-rent flats and 76 homes for private sale.

Council planners believe the proposed development, which would range from seven to 21 storeys, should be approved by councillors at a meeting on Tuesday.

They have reported the plan will “deliver economic benefits within the city centre and Cowcaddens district through investment in the built fabric, increased population and the creation of employment opportunities”.

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Officials added the proposal supports a council priority to “ensure the vitality of the city centre” and will “encourage increased density, footfall and activity within the neighbourhood”.

The plans for 58 Port Dundas Road also include ground floor commercial spaces while tenants would have access to a range of facilities, including a gym, library, games room and sky bar.

Ten objections to the application have been received, with nearby residents concerned about the “excessive” height of the buildings, the lack of affordable housing and the potential for increased anti-social behaviour.

Other issues raised include whether the existing building should be demolished and the impact on community service, such as police and fire.

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Planners have reported their initial view was to re-use the current building, however investigations have shown there is “limited scope to provide a quality alternative use within the existing building”. They accept that demolition is “appropriate”.

Officials also believe the proposed heights will “not have a detrimental impact” and there are no aspects of the scheme which would “particularly attract anti-social behaviour”.

For sale flats would be made up of a mix of one, two and three bed apartments while the build-to-rent homes would be one or two bed.

A “dedicated community space” is planned, which could support “a number of activities such as meetings, workshops, classes, outreach events, childcare and private events/parties”. Play areas, an outdoor gym, rain gardens and a number of roof terraces are also proposed.

There would be car parking spaces for 29 vehicles to the northern boundary of the site while a new access from Port Dundas Road would provide nine spaces for use by owners in the private block of flats. Almost 650 bike spaces will be provided for build-to-rent tenants and 95 for private flat owners.

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In a statement, the developers claimed the “exciting” plan for ‘One Cowcaddens’ will provide “high quality amenity including new public realm and active street frontage, with local retail and cafe to better serve the needs of the local community”.

They added: “Residents of the approximately 600 new sustainable homes will have access to a plethora of amenities including roof terraces and residents gardens, lounges, gym and wellness and private dining rooms.”

A bronze, 1967 C-listed ‘Locomotion’ statue, designed by Frank Cossell, will be retained “as a central feature within the new public realm”.


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