Designs unveiled for mixed-use Merchant City project

ARTISAN Real Estate has unveiled designs for a mixed-use development on Glasgow’s Ingram Street in the Merchant City area.

The development will feature four ‘distinct’ buildings varying in height from four to six storeys. The firm added that the exterior façade for each building will reflect the scale and architecture of neighbouring properties.

In total, 109 new homes are planned for the site. Properties include a range of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and will benefit from communal landscaped roof gardens and terraces.

The properties have been designed by AMA Studio and will feature the ‘very latest’ green credentials, based on the design mantra of ‘use less energy first’ – from the use of materials through the build to the design features such as fabric performance, low use water fittings and heat and energy provision.

At the heart of the development will be a publicly accessed landscaped garden courtyard.  Artisan has appointed specialist landscape designers to ensure final proposals enhance the local biodiversity through raised planting beds featuring native pollinating species, trees, lawns, plots to grow vegetables, bird boxes and bee keeping on private and communal roof terraces, alongside a combination of paths and seating areas.

The firm said the ‘calming’ garden oasis within the public courtyard space will also create a ‘rich, natural’ experience for both residents and visitors with native wildflowers and planting, alongside relaxing seating areas, specialist lighting and public artwork ‘sympathetic’ to the site’s historic setting and conservation status, as well as aligning with the existing Merchant City Art Trail.

More than 700 people engaged in the first round of consultation with Artisan Real Estate revealing that the responses were ‘overwhelmingly positive’ and featured ‘strong’ support for encouraging more people to live in the city centre.

A spokesman for Artisan Real Estate said, “We knew the location of this development which borders on key city streetscapes including Ingram Street, Albion Street and Candleriggs, demanded an impressive design statement and we believe our proposals deliver this.

“We’ve spent a long time ensuring we’ve considered every aspect of design and believe our proposals will provide a dynamic and innovative contribution to the Merchant City.

“This second round of consultation kicks off on Tuesday 29thMarch with a drop in event from 3pm-7pm at Merchant Square, followed by a livechat from 3pm-7pm online at  We would like feedback on this key stage of the design process by April 10.”