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Old April 11th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #1
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GLASGOW | Elphinstone Place | 134m | 39 fl | U/C

Elphinstone Place, Glasgow - Scotland's tallest tower.

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Elphinstone Place is a city centre re-generation project that will create an icon building for 21st Century Glasgow. It will transform and re-vitalise an important area of the city.

Elphinstone has teamed up with City Lofts Group, one of the UK's leading companies specialising in residential and mixed use property development, in a joint venture to create Scotland's tallest building.

Through City Lofts Elphinstone Limited, the two companies have acquired the 1.4 acre site on the corner of St Vincent Street and India Street in Glasgow's city centre from Glasgow City Council. The site has planning permission for a £120 million, apartment, office and retail development including 208 luxury apartments and 171,000 sq ft of prestigious offices. The development will support nearly 2000 jobs.

At 134 metres the 40 storey building will be nine metres higher than Scotland's current tallest structure the tower at Glasgow Science Centre.
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The site is currently being cleared of rubble after the demolition of the previous building:
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Old April 11th, 2007, 10:55 PM   #2
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I'm moving to Glasgow University in September...I can't wait to be able to see this rise into the skyline!
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Old April 12th, 2007, 12:28 AM   #3
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looks great! i'm looking forward to this building rising!
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Old April 12th, 2007, 01:05 AM   #4
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A great tower for an even greater city. Should be look really nice once it's built.
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Old April 12th, 2007, 02:13 AM   #5
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I'm moving to Glasgow University in September...I can't wait to be able to see this rise into the skyline!
Just to let u know , there isn't much of a skyline to see,lol.. But Glasgow is still nice though
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Old April 12th, 2007, 02:31 AM   #6
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This is an amazing looking tower, IMO. I visited Glasgow back in 1999 and I really enjoyed my time there, although I didn’t stay in the city itself – I stayed in a suburb called Newtownmearns (hope I have the spelling right?). I was amazed and surprised by the architecture, the shops, the amazing public transportation, huge freeways (for European standards) and the general “buzz” of the place and the friendliness of the locals. One thing was that I thought that for such a big/bustling city, Glasgow really needed a skyline though. A few skyscrapers would make Glasgow look like a truly amazing city, with everything to offer. Sure, Glasgow has bad areas, but what city doesn’t? To me, even the bad areas looked very interesting and well, different to what I’m used to. I hope that Elphinstone Place is the first of more skyscrapers to come. Glasgow really needs a skyline as it just feels like the kind of city that needs a big-time skyline, if you know what I mean?
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Old April 12th, 2007, 02:38 AM   #7
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Just to let u know , there isn't much of a skyline to see,lol.. But Glasgow is still nice though
Yeah I know...though there is the Science Tower.
It should be good having this against the church spires and blocks of flats
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Old April 12th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #8
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This is an amazing looking tower, IMO. I visited Glasgow back in 1999 and I really enjoyed my time there, although I didn’t stay in the city itself – I stayed in a suburb called Newtownmearns (hope I have the spelling right?). I was amazed and surprised by the architecture, the shops, the amazing public transportation, huge freeways (for European standards) and the general “buzz” of the place and the friendliness of the locals. One thing was that I thought that for such a big/bustling city, Glasgow really needed a skyline though. A few skyscrapers would make Glasgow look like a truly amazing city, with everything to offer. Sure, Glasgow has bad areas, but what city doesn’t? To me, even the bad areas looked very interesting and well, different to what I’m used to. I hope that Elphinstone Place is the first of more skyscrapers to come. Glasgow really needs a skyline as it just feels like the kind of city that needs a big-time skyline, if you know what I mean?
I'm glad you enjoyed your time here even though the city has changed a huge amount since 1999.Btw I think you mean Newton Mearns .
Yeah Glasgow is IMO the most american city in the UK because of the motorways and the grid street pattern in the city centre. Hopefully this tower will help encourage more tall buildings in the city and help it get a skyline that it deserves
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Old April 12th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #9
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This tower will be a belter when it's completed.

The impact it will have to the Charing Cross area will be phenomenal : I'm convinced that once Elphinstone Place is completed, more skyscrapers will begin to pop up.

Here are a couple more "Forum Made" renders of what the tower will look like when completed:


Image by Gleegieboy, montage by Russell1. View From the 125m/440ft Science Centre Tower


Image and montage by Russell1. Elmbank tower (proposed, 107.5m/389ft can be seen directly left of Elphinstone)


Image by?, montage by me. View from the 10 lane Kingston Bridge


Image by?, montage by me
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Old April 13th, 2007, 02:20 AM   #10
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Great renderings. I would love to see Glasgow add more modern architecture. The Science Center and Elphinstone are both great examples of modern architecture that mesh very well with the surroundings. I'd love to see what else Glasgow has up its sleeve.
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Old April 15th, 2007, 08:00 PM   #11
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:o the renders looks of Elph look fantastic. well done lads!

I think Glasgow needed this. Elphinstone Place wouldnt look out of place in the REAL skyscrapercities and thats something we can be proud of.

With all the tower blocks coming down, its good to see something go up for once
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Old April 15th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #12
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Is the building itself u/c or have they jus begun digging the foundations?
I made a drawing of it already some years ago!
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Old April 16th, 2007, 02:10 AM   #13
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Just digging the foundations...they only just demolished the previous building.
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Old April 16th, 2007, 07:57 PM   #14
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Is the building itself u/c or have they jus begun digging the foundations?
I made a drawing of it already some years ago!
Hehe - I remember seeing your drawing of Elphinstone a while ago when I was browsing through SSP!

It's a good'un, too

Yeah, they are just beginning to dig the foundations, so it'll be 6 months or so before we see anything substantial.

Still, it'll be worth the wait.
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The design is brilliant, I like the rounded or circular towers very much.
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Old April 17th, 2007, 11:12 PM   #16
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Is this a Ian Simpson design?
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Old April 18th, 2007, 02:46 PM   #17
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oh my yes. a quite delicious building
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Old April 19th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #18
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Is this a Ian Simpson design?
It's a Cooper Cromar design - they are a local design firm in Glasgow.

It does look a bit like an Ian Simpson design though, but in my opinion it's much better than most of his stuff.

Only time will tell if the glass effect in the renders will look good - Birminghams Holloway Circus Tower (by Simpson) has a relatively similar effect on its facade and it looks terrible, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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Old April 25th, 2007, 12:46 AM   #19
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Elphinstone Joins Forces with City Lofts Group To Create Scotland's Tallest Building

Innovative Scottish property developer Elphinstone has teamed up with City Lofts Group, one of the UK's leading companies specialising in residential and mixed use property development, in a joint venture to create Scotland's tallest building.


Through City Lofts Elphinstone Limited, the two companies have acquired the 1.4 acre site on the corner of St Vincent Street and India Street in Glasgow's city centre from Glasgow City Council. The site has planning permission for a £120 million, apartment, office and retail development including 208 luxury apartments and 171,000 sq ft of prestigious offices.


The development will support nearly 2000 jobs.


At 134 metres the building will be nine metres higher than Scotland's current tallest structure the tower at Glasgow Science Centre.


Chairman and Chief Executive of Elphinstone, Ken Ross, said: We're delighted to be working with City Lofts Group who bring specialised knowledge and experience of high-rise buildings to this flagship development in Glasgow. We look forward to creating a comprehensive landmark development that will regenerate the Charing Cross area of the city.


Stuart Wright, Chief Executive of City Lofts Group commented: Our joint acquisition of St Vincent Street demonstrates our continued commitment to expanding our operations, both in terms of the number of schemes we build and the diversity of their locations. We are looking forward to working with Elphinstone and its experienced team to deliver a landmark development on one of the most high profile and strategically important sites in Glasgow.


Legal advice on the deal was provided by McGrigors for Elphinstone and by Harper Macleod for City Lofts Group. The joint venture company received financial and property advice from McClure Naismith and CB Richard Ellis respectively.


http://www.elphinstone.com/web/site/...7/April_07.asp

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So good news there - City Lofts know what they are doing - the tower is in good hands
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Old April 25th, 2007, 01:24 AM   #20
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wow i like!!! whats on 'level 34'?
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