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BUILD-To-Rent Development With 500 Apartments Proposed For City Development

A PLANNING application has been submitted for a 500-apartment build-to-rent development in central Glasgow.

The proposal for Central Quay at Anderston Quay would have one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, plus a co-working space, a residents’ lounge, roof terraces, concierge service, a gym and a games room.

Subject to detailed planning approval, developer and property manager Platform_ hope to start construction by the second quarter of 2019, with scheduled completion in summer 2021.

Permission in principle was granted for the seven-acre Central Quay development in November last year. The masterplan includes 300,000 sq ft of office space, a 150-room hotel and retail.

The site is bounded by Anderston Quay, Warroch Street, Whitehall Street and Hydepark Street and was formerly occupied by the Daily Record building and the Bilsland Bakery building.

The masterplan includes a ‘generous boulevard’ on Warroch Street, pictured below, to provide an attractive pedestrian route to the riverfront and wider transport connections.

Matt Willcock, development director at Platform_, said: “Glasgow is a thriving city with a varied and enviable demographic and private rented sector (PRS) developments will play a key role in solving the city’s property puzzle, providing high-quality living space for a range of occupiers.

“Build-to-rent is a rapidly growing concept around the UK and we’re proud to offer one of the first developments in Scotland.

“For every build-to-rent home in Scotland, the north-west of England has almost 10. It’s a popular and proven concept and for Glasgow to continue attracting and retaining talent, PRS will be crucial in sustaining the city’s accommodation needs in the medium and long-term.

“The site will help further regenerate the Finnieston and Clydeside areas, providing award-winning building design and living space in the heart of a popular, well-connected part of the city.”

Richard MacDonald, director at Keppie Design, the project architects, said: “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.”