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Aedas Plans Largest Mixed Use Glasgow Project

Aedas has drawn up what is the largest mixed used building ever proposed for the Scottish city of Glasgow with the filing of a planning application with the local council.

Located on the Albany Hotel site on Bothwell Street in the very commercial heart of the city, the project replaces previous plans by SMC Jenkins and Marr for a twin building development, one of which would be largely offices with the other hotel.

This time around Aedas has rationalized the project and combined the entire thing into one monolithic block that will be a four or five star hotel with 320 hotel rooms and 32,000 square metres of office space that will rise 18 storeys.

The hotel element of the scheme is particularly noteworthy as part of the continuing competition between operators in Glasgow who are all trying to build high-spec luxury accommodation at the same time. In this case it will be for the Albany Hotel which pitches the building into direct competition with the planned Argyle Hotel by Ian Simpson Architects a short distance away.

Dividing the two uses of one building up is done by locating the office space on the eastern side of the plot. With modernist glass facades, it features the taller section connected to a shorter wing, a layout that is increasingly popular with developers these days who like to have the site filled up as much as possible and retain some sort of tower element.

Sadly the highlight of the previous scheme, a shared plaza that would have existed between the two buildings has been lost reducing the pedestrian permeability that the site previously had and giving the new proposals the feeling of a hostile super-block.

Developer, the European Development Company, expects construction to begin later this year if they get the go-ahead with completion sometime in 2011.

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