500-home project provides a platform for Glasgow waterfront progress

THE “revitalisation” of Glasgow’s waterfront is gathering pace with a detailed planning application submitted for a 500-apartment project on the banks of the Clyde.

The build-to-rent scheme, at Central Quay on the Broomielaw, is being led by PLATFORM_, an investor, developer and property manager. The aim is to deliver “high-quality, state-of-the-art” homes.

Pending planning consent, PLATFORM_ hopes to start construction by the second quarter of next year, with a scheduled completion date of summer 2021. Initial planning in principle was granted for the seven-acre Central Quay site at the start of this year following a masterplan created by Harbert Management Corporation and XLB Property, together with Keppie and LDA Design.

The development forms part of a wider masterplan at the Clydeside Central Quay area.

PLATFORM_ said its apartments will provide residents with studios, one, two and three-bedroom homes alongside modern shared facilities including a co-working space. Features include a shared residents’ lounge, onsite-concierge, roof terraces, gym and games room.

Matt Willcock, development director at PLATFORM_, said, “Glasgow is thriving, and our new development aims to provide accommodation which meets the demands of its growing, highly-skilled and modern workforce. Build-to-rent is a rapidly growing concept around the UK and we’re proud to offer one of the first developments in Scotland. It’s a form of accommodation we expect to continue to see across the UK, and one which will play a significant role in helping Glasgow attract and retain talent to support its major economies.”

Richard MacDonald, director at Keppie Design added, “The PLATFORM_ Central Quay design has evolved to include an iconic feature tower which will greatly enhance the Clyde Waterfront and Glasgow’s skyline. The high quality public realm and design of the scheme will also significantly improve the area.

“We look forward to being able to play a role in sustaining Glasgow’s image as a destination city for living and working and being able to further contribute to Glasgow’s Clydeside regeneration drive.”