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Old March 7th, 2006, 06:38 AM   #1
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Glasgow Plans Scotland's Tallest - 55 Storeys

'Iconic' city skyscraper to house hotel and 300 flats
Underground car park and spa also planned for 55-storey east end structure which will be Scotland's tallest building

By JONATHAN PAISLEY
6 March 2006
Evening Times

SCOTLAND'S biggest skyscraper, earmarked for Glasgow's east end, will boast a luxury hotel, 300 flats and underground parking for hundreds of cars.

The 591ft-high tower in Dalmarnock will also include leisure and spa facilities and conference rooms over 55 storeys, according to details released today.

Original plans for the tower were inspired by the One Wall Centre skyscraper in Vancouver.

The Canadian landmark is part hotel, part condominium, and curved into an eye-shape.

Engineering firm Arup, which has worked on Sydney Opera House and Paris' Pompidou Centre, has unveiled details of the Glasgow project.

If given the go-ahead, the building planned for derelict land on Millerfield Road will include a 96-bedroom hotel, 296 flats and underground parking for 420 cars.

Developers say the "iconic" tower will dominate the east end skyline and kickstart brownfield site redevelopment.

Talks are on-going between Grantly Developments, acting on behalf of a mystery consortium behind the plan, and regeneration officials.

Now planning officials have called for an in-depth study to assess what impact it would have on the city's skyline, the east end and traffic flow.

Part of the 2.5acre site would be landscaped as public open space, while hotel guests and flat owners would share the leisure facilities.

Architect Bob Ramage, of Grantly Developments, said: "We hope to be able to submit detailed plans within the next two months. This will be the tallest building in Scotland by far."

However, experts from Architecture and Design Scotland, set up by the Executive last April to champion good design, have fears over the tower's size.

A report to Glasgow City Council says: "We advise the desire to capture a vision of skyscraper living on an iconic scale would appear to be driven by factors other than local community consultation.

"High rises are being demolished to provide family homes based on sound design in the area."

The tower would be taller than a 440ft 39-storey one planned at the old Strathclyde Regional Council HQ in India Street and the 17-storey tower planned for Port Dundas.
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Old March 7th, 2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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This is fantastic news for our city - its been a long time coming, and we in the Glasgow forum of skyscrapercity have been watching it for a while now.

The tower is proposed in an extremely run-down part of the city, and is actually integral in what will be Europe's largest urban regeneration scheme, the Clyde Gateway (£1.6 Billion). The tower will sit very close to the proposed indoor arena that will be built if Glasgow is awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Games. here is a diagram of the Gateway scheme. At the top right you can see Celtic Park a 60,832 all seater stadium home to the famous Glasgow Celtic Football Club, and the proposed new arena (red arrow pointing to it). The red line is where Dalmarnock Tower will be built:


Thanks to www.futureglasgow.co.uk for the image.

The area around the proposed tower is literally wasteland, and so the developers have a blank canvas from which to work on.


The tower was originally planned to be 42 storeys tall, and 156m (512ft). However, more residential units have been added to increase the height to 180m (591ft). This makes it one of the tallest proposed towers in the UK. The design has been inspired by One Wall Centre in Vancouver, but no actual renders of the tower have been released yet. These are expected very soon
One Wall Centre:

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Glasgow is experiencing something of a skyscraper boom just now, with the following towers approved or proposed:

Dalmarnock Tower - Proposed - 180m/591ft
Elphinstone Place - Approved - 134m/440ft (demolition of current site immanent)
Elmbank Tower - Proposed/Approved - 107.5m/353ft
Cheapside Tower - Proposed (yet to be revealed) - possibly > 100m/328ft
Glasgow Harbour - Proposed - 100m/328ft
Elphinstone Urban Village - Proposed (to be approved soon) - 84m/275ft
Custum House Quay - Approved - 70m - 230ft
Glasgow Harbour Phase 2 - Under Construction - 68.7m/225ft


So for a UK city things are looking quite interesting

For all the latest news and developments on Scotland's largest city, visit the Glasgow Forum for more information
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Old March 7th, 2006, 10:27 PM   #3
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Wow, that's great. Is the Clyde Gateway an area that is being considered for subway expansion? How big is this in relation to the Canary Wharf development?
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Old March 8th, 2006, 12:36 AM   #4
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Wow, that's great. Is the Clyde Gateway an area that is being considered for subway expansion? How big is this in relation to the Canary Wharf development?
Yes, the area has several miles of disused tunnels running underneath the planned regeneration sites. Built roughly 100 years ago, they will require some strengthening, but should be ok to use.

That said, the site already has an Underground Heavy-Rail station, and there are plans to open a new station near Celtic Park, so the area will be well connected. The final 6 miles of the M74 (an elevated 6-lane highway) should also add to the transport links.


I have no idea how big it is in relation to Canary Wharf. It is certainly no-where near as luctrative or profitable, but it covers a vast area and will revive an area compaired to war-ridden "Eastern Bloc" city wasteland.


It's going to be fantastic, and I cant wait for the renders!!
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Old March 8th, 2006, 01:56 AM   #5
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Pretty nice looking building. Glad for Scotland to get a new tallest. Hope it goes through.
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Old March 8th, 2006, 06:28 AM   #6
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Where is the £1.6 Billion investment coming from, Europe, Scotish Parliament, UK government? and how secure is that funding?
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Old March 8th, 2006, 07:11 AM   #7
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Where is the £1.6 Billion investment coming from, Europe, Scotish Parliament, UK government? and how secure is that funding?
Typically, skyscraper development is a private-motivated endeavour.
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Typically, skyscraper development is a private-motivated endeavour.
The 1.6 Billion refers to the whole regeneration scheme, which I very much doubt is purely private. This is in Europe afterall.
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Lord_Bertrum, the money is coming from all three, presumably. The Scottish Parliament, UK Government and the EU (Its about time we got something back!!) should be lending a hand, its in their best interest to, afterall, especially the Scottish Parliament. The funding is reasonably secure, but in all honesty, I couldn't really tell you - Glasgow City Council haven't been too forth coming with information as the master plan is still in the early stages.

The funding for the tower is private however, and so very secure indeed
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This is great news for the UK... and for the most part Glasgow!

Nottingham has a 900 Million pounds Regeneration Scheme similar to this Development in Glasgow... but sadly, there is no 55 Storey Tower.

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Old March 8th, 2006, 05:37 PM   #11
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Glasgow is experiencing something of a skyscraper boom just now, with the following towers approved or proposed:

Dalmarnock Tower - Proposed - 180m/591ft
Elphinstone Place - Approved - 134m/440ft (demolition of current site immanent)
Elmbank Tower - Proposed/Approved - 107.5m/353ft
Cheapside Tower - Proposed (yet to be revealed) - possibly > 100m/328ft
Glasgow Harbour - Proposed - 100m/328ft
Elphinstone Urban Village - Proposed (to be approved soon) - 84m/275ft
Custum House Quay - Approved - 70m - 230ft
Glasgow Harbour Phase 2 - Under Construction - 68.7m/225ft
180m? Very nice! This will be scotlands first official skyscraper! Hope it goes ahead, it sounds like it will.
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