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80 High Street : Merchant City Flats

Glasgow Merchant City Development: Residential Property – design by RMJM, architects

18 Jul 2007

Merchant City Apartments

Design: RMJM Architects

80 High Street Flats

Planning permission granted for modern living development and roof garden on High St, Glasgow

This July, Glasgow City Council granted planning permission for a modern new development of apartments at 80 High St in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

Merchant City flats
image from RMJM Architects

The existing pub and empty offices will be replaced with new modern living accommodation comprising 32 1-bed apartments, a ground floor commercial unit and a communal roof garden.

The plans for the development, described as the ‘missing tooth’ in the redevelopment of the High Street, will help sustain the continued renaissance in the Merchant City area of Glasgow.

The site is positioned in a prominent location on the High Street, which is currently being developed along its length, with the existing pub in one of the few ‘gaps’, being only a single storey building. The street forms the boundary to the Merchant City area.

The development gives respect to the adjacent Bell St warehouse in terms of scale as the proposed residential tower, comprising 8 storeys of accommodation upon the ground floor retail base, is similar in height to the warehouse. The landscaped roof garden above the retail space provides an ‘urban room’ between the tower and the warehouse, creating amenity space for the occupants of the building whilst allowing light through to both the warehouse and new facades.

The external walls of the development are to be finished in black ceramic granite – a sleek, dark material giving contrast to the stone form of the Bell Street Warehouse. The commercial entrance and frontage is to the High Street with a separate private residential entrance to the side.

Merchant City Apartments
image from RMJM Architects

Paul Stallan, Design Director of RMJM said;
“We are confident it will be a design exemplar with finely detailed façade finish to a simple urban form. With the choice of materials we aim to create a sleek, fresh finish rather than simply imitating the stone colour of the existing warehouse.”

The area has high aspirations for its built environment, and by approving developments such as this one the City Council intends to create an area that contains “a unique urban quarter where artistic and cultural can mix with retail and a growing and much valued residential sector to generate activity.” The Merchant City Action Plan. RMJM has been working with the current owners of the site to develop the plan since 2001.

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Merchant City Flats – design : RMJM Architects




Merchant City : Buildings

Candleriggs Market

Merchant City – Housing

East end of Ingram Street
Glasgow News
Glasgow housing – photo © adrian welch

Candleriggs Building by RMJM Architects
Merchant City flats
Glasgow housing – photo © adrian welch

Merchant City Property

Glasgow School of Art

Merchant City Housing
Glasgow City Council approved a 71-apartment scheme – including shops,
bar, restaurant – in the Merchant City by Bett Homes, around a
three-storey block which includes Bacchus pub and Bennett’s nightclub.
The project retains the listed facade at the corner of Ingram Street & Hutcheson Street. The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland have objected.

Glasgow Cross: Merchant City
Alba Town: Glasgow Cross, Merchant City, Glasgow, Scotland. Other Merchant City developments include Bell St

The Monument apartments are located on Charlotte Street about 400m east of Glasgow Cross between the Gallowgate and London Road




Website: Merchant City Glasgow

Glasgow Housing

Merchant City development : Virginia Court

City Halls Merchant City

Merchant City theatre : Tron Theatre

Merchant City Music Hall : Glasgow Panopticon

Merchant City restaurant : The Corinthian Club

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