Glass ‘Mcgherkin’ plan to dominate Clyde waterfront

A DISTINCTIVE new tower block, similar to the acclaimed "gherkin" building in London designed by Sir Norman Foster, is to be built in Scotland.

Architects have submitted plans for the 150ft tall cigar-shaped tower, which would become one of the highest buildings overlooking the Clyde and an instantly recognisable addition to the Glasgow skyline.Located in a high-profile position and visible all along Buchanan Street, one of the country's busiest shopping areas, the 15-storey glass-covered tower is being touted as a further keystone in the regeneration of the riverfront.The round, tapered building was designed by the architectural firm Page and Park in Glasgow, which has worked on a number of the city's landmarks, including the Glasgow Cathedral Precinct, the Italian Centre and the Lighthouse.Karen Nugent, project architect for the building on the corner of Dixon and Clyde streets, said: "The site presents a unique opportunity to shape the image of Glasgow city centre.
"Dixon Street is the missing link between the Glasgow's latest tower development, which is subject to council planning permission, will be 15 storeys at its highest point on the north side, stepping down to eight storeys on the aspect facing the Clyde. An enclosing skin of perforated stainless steel panels gives a degree of shelter to the flats' balconies and a faceted appearance to the building.

600450 Glass ‘Mcgherkin’ plan to dominate Clyde waterfront
Date: 1 October 2004

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