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Major new rented neighbourhood initiative mooted for Glasgow

Words: Roger Milne
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Proposals to transform Glasgow’s High Street area by investing £200 million in a new three-hectare residential neighbourhood of more than 700 homes for rent have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

As well as 727 new build-to-rent homes on the site behind the High Street rail station, the application involves a new public square, 99 student studios and around 3,365 square metres of retail, leisure, food, drink and commercial business space.

For the first time, the area will be opened up through new tree-lined access routes, connecting the Merchant City through High Street and into the East End.

Behind the project is Get Living, the large-scale residential investor and owner-operator of the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, now known as East Village. The Glasgow scheme is the company’s first venture outside London.

The area was the original home of the University of Glasgow, the Hunterian Museum and later became the goods yard of the City of Glasgow Union Railway Company.

Glasgow-based architect Stallan-Brand, which has worked on major development projects in the city including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Tron Theatre, drew up the plans alongside internationally renowned urban landscape designers Martha Schwartz Partners.

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