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The site

Situated in a landmark location next to the Kingston Bridge fronting onto the River Clyde, Dandara has previously secured planning permission for residential apartments on the site.

Our new proposal aims to improve our offer to both residents and the community whilst securing viability, to deliver a site that has been derelict for many years. The design responds to the historic grid pattern of this previous highly industrial area to provide connectivity and ensure the scheme is easily accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Connectivity

The site is in fantastic proximity to the City Centre and it’s key transport links. The proposal ensures connectivity to existing pedestrian and cycle routes to provide convenient and safe access to the area. City Wharf will be a low car ownership development in line with Dandara’s focus on sustainability and supporting the Council’s ambitions for lower car use in the city.

The plan above shows how the site connects into the wider city network. The scheme is also set to benefit from the refurbishment and extension of footpaths and bridges across the Expressway and the M8, that aim to provide a safe means of connectivity across a highway that has been historically deemed difficult to navigate.

The transport strategy has been considered holistically with the surrounding proposals in mind.

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History

Substantial warehouses and manufacturing facilities occupied entire city blocks running north- south towards the river and sat cheek by jowl with sandstone tenements in almost self-contained urban communities.

The construction of the M8 corridor and the Kingston Bridge in the late 1960’s cut a swathe through this densely knit urban fabric, creating a disconnect with the City Centre to the east.

The impact of the motorway and the natural decline of the traditional industries have dramatically affected the immediate context of the site and its relationship to the wider city.

Despite the scale and impact of change, there are some remaining fragments of past occupation that provide an important link to the previous character and identity of the place.

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The red brick towers of the Bilsland Bakery on Hydepark Street (now demolished) are a reminder of previous scale and density, of well defined streets and places and provide a sense of the visual quality and materiality that contributed to the historic character and identity of Anderston.

In more recent years the area around the site was dominated by the old Daily Record building which stood as an iconic structure imposing itself on the river front. Rising to approximately 12 storeys, it became a landmark building visible to all who crossed the Kingston Bridge.

Cheapside Street was home to Glasgow’s worst fire disaster in post war history. Fuelled by over a million gallons of whiskey, this fire in the 1960’s in a bonded warehouse claimed the lives of 19 fire and service men.

Image: Scottish Post Office Directories, view here .

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