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Glasgow’s newest luxury residences to be named after city’s greatest architects

Glasgow’s unique cityscape is filled with treasures. From the magnificent City Chambers building that dominates George Square to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the history of the city can be read in brick and stone.

But the story also lies in the voids, in the gaps in the narrative where what’s not been built tells us too about shifting fortunes and fashions.

Now though one of the most significant gaps is set to be closed. Park Quadrant Residences will occupy a site that has lain vacant for almost 170 years and in creating a 21st century landmark, the developer, Ambassador Developments, has chosen to celebrate some of those giants of the architectural world who have left their mark on the city.

Each one of the 11 blocks of the new luxury residential development now underway in the elegant Park District will be named after an architect who has played a vital role in shaping Glasgow, while the penthouses will be named after their finest work.

The first architect to be honoured in this way will be Charles Wilson, whose plan for concentric rings of grand, terraced villas on top of Woodland Hill, gave the city Park Circus and Park Terrace. Lack of funds, as Glasgow’s affluent families chose to migrate to Hyndland and Dowanhill, caused his plan to falter and Park Quadrant was never finished.

Until now that is when his vision is set finally to be completed by the creation of 98 apartments, duplexes and penthouses that match the aesthetics of Wilson’s original 1851 master plan with high ceilings, large floor prints, luxurious fittings and construction materials that include natural sandstone. The first magnificent penthouse, with huge outdoor terrace and unrivalled city views that will sit on top of the Wilson block will be called The Park.

From here each section will be named in chronological order, following on with John Burnet, who built Glasgow Stock Exchange, and including James Miller, whose work included the Anchorline. Alexander ‘Greek” Thomson, William Leiper and Charles Rennie Mackintosh will all have their names commemorated too and the penthouses will include The Lighthouse (John Keppie); The Mitchell (James Sellars) and The Hampden (Archibald Leitch).

The final block will be known as Holmes for Holmes Miller, the Glasgow-based architects who have given fresh life to Wilson’s original plan and completed his vision for the Park district with the design for Park Quadrant Residences.

David Gardner, architect at Holmes Miller, said: “Glasgow is home to some of the finest works of a number of the most renowned architects of the last two centuries, and it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to develop a contemporary design for Park Quadrant sitting alongside the likes of Charles Wilson’s work amongst others.”

Gordon Coster, Director at Ambassador Developments Park Quadrant Limited, said: “This is one of the most significant sites in the city and our aim has always been to create something that honours the prestigious Park district whilst making a 21st century contribution to Glasgow’s architectural heritage.

“In naming the sections and the penthouses we wanted to celebrate Charles Wilson for giving the city one of its most cherished landmarks and we also wanted to celebrate those other architects who have left their legacy on the city.”

For further information visit www.pqresidences.com

The Park Quadrant Residences and the architects whose names each will bear are:

  1. Wilson

Charles Wilson (1810-1863)

Park District Masterplan, 22 Park Circus, former Trinity College

Penthouse: The Park

  1. Burnet

John Burnet (1814-1901)

Glasgow Stock Exchange, Merchants House, Woodlands Parish Church

Penthouse: The Exchange

  1. Thomson

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-1875)

Egyptian Halls, Holmwood House, St Vincent St Church

Penthouse: The Holmwood

  1. Anderson

Robert Rowand Anderson (1834-1921)

Glasgow Central Hotel, Glasgow Central Station, Pearce Institute Govan

Penthouse: The Pearce

  1. Leiper

William Leiper (1839-1916)

Dowanhill Church, Templeton’s Carpet Factory, Banqueting Hall Glasgow City Chambers

Penthouse: The Dowanhill

  1. Sellars

James Sellars (1843-1888)

Mitchell Library, Kelvinside Academy, Frasers Buchanan Street

Penthouse: The Mitchell

  1. Miller

James Miller (1860-1947)

Glasgow Central Station, Anchorline Building, St Enoch’s subway station

Penthouse: The Anchorline

  1. Keppie

John Keppie (1862-1945)

The Lighthouse Mitchell Lane, Glasgow Arts Club remodelling

Penthouse: The Lighthouse

  1. Leitch

Archibald Leitch (1865-1939)

Hampden Park Stadium, Ibrox Stadium, Celtic Park Stadium

Penthouse: The Hampden

  1. Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)

Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tearooms, Scotland Street School

Penthouse: The Willow

  1. Holmes

Holmes Miller (1957-present)

Park Quadrant Residences

Penthouse: The Quadrant

First release sell-out at historic Glasgow residential development accelerates new release

The first release of luxury homes at Park Quadrant Residences has sold out since being released in August, following more than 1,000 enquiries.

The new development, which is appealing to a wide range of buyers, will complete the original concentric ringed design of the 19th century masterplan for the prestigious Park Circus area of Glasgow, envisioned by architect Charles Wilson in 1851.

A high level of interest from downsizers is eschewing the notion that this market is looking for peace and tranquillity in a bungalow by the sea. They no longer require a large family home in the suburbs and are attracted to the contemporary luxury of this residential development in the highly sought-after city location with its security, ease of accessibility and lift access.

Sidesteppers, first time buyers, investors and those relocating to Glasgow are also amongst the buyers to secure the first release of 17 properties at Park Quadrant Residences.

The development is designed to be sympathetic to the area’s rich heritage, with its historic high-quality architecture often heralded as the finest example of Victorian townscape in the city. The exterior of the eleven buildings will speak of the grandeur of the era in which they were imagined, while the interiors will combine classic and contemporary design with every modern convenience.

The collection of 98 apartments, duplexes and penthouses will be ready for buyers to walk into, and will feature luxury flooring, premium Leicht kitchen furniture complete with integrated Gaggenau and Siemens appliances and exquisite Kohler bathrooms designed exclusively for the development.

A Residence Manager will be on hand to provide support services, from receiving deliveries and coordinating cleaning and maintenance to monitoring CCTV.

Gordon Coster, Director at Ambassador Developments Park Quadrant Limited, said; “We are very proud to be completing this missing piece in Glasgow’s history with the development of Park Quadrant Residences. There has been significant demand to date with over 1,000 enquiries from prospective buyers who are drawn to the high-quality design and scale of the properties, the first-class specification and the unrivalled city location.”

Carole Mackie, Head of New Homes for Scotland at Savills, said: “Since launching at the end of August, there has been considerable interest and sales in Park Quadrant Residences, which is appealing to a variety of buyers who have secured all 17 of the homes in the first release of the development. This has led to accelerating the release of a further selection of apartments to keep up with the demand.

“There is a new downsizer in Glasgow’s prime market who is cash-rich, having amassed considerable property equity, and their wish list is similar to that of the Dinky (dual income, no kids). Park Quadrant Residences is appealing to both of these markets, as well as to a number of investors, who are viewing Glasgow as very good value, compared with other prime locations across the UK.

“With downsizers looking for security, which is less about personal safety and more about the owners’ aspirations to lock and leave and travel the world, the exclusive Residence Manager, comparable to a high-end London or Manhattan apartment, is a very attractive feature of the development.”

Historic Park Quadrant Residences Available to Buy

John Amabile Design unveils luxurious interiors.

An exquisite collection of apartments, duplexes and penthouses that will form the missing piece of Park Circus, Glasgow have been released for sale.

Contemporary residential development, Park Quadrant Residences, will complete the original concentric ringed design of the 19th century masterplan for the prestigious area, envisioned by architect Charles Wilson in 1851.

The eleven buildings have been designed to be sympathetic to the area’s rich heritage, with its historic high-quality architecture often heralded as the finest example of Victorian townscape in the city. Natural sandstone will be used to complement the palette of materials used within Park Circus, while the roof re-invents the grand architecture of nearby Park Terrace.

On the exterior, the 98 one, two, three and four-bedroom homes will speak of the grandeur of the era in which they were imagined, while the interiors will combine classic and contemporary design with every modern convenience. All of the homes will boast exceptional 2.9m ceiling height, full height bay windows, oversized internal doors and generously proportioned room sizes, mirroring the historical opulence of the Park Circus area.

Renowned Glasgow-born interior designer, John Amabile Design, has expertly captured the essence of the homes to create vibrant spaces for luxurious 21st century living, which evoke the timeless elegance of the 19th century.

Working with square footage more usually associated with period properties and striking cornicing and mouldings reminiscent of classical architecture, John Amabile Design has created Park Quadrant Residences’ interiors to showcase the perfect blend of traditional elegance and contemporary styling. The interiors incorporate high quality finishes and materials of timber, marble and ceramics to portray an array of Scottish designs and a timeless ethos.

John Amabile said; “The fusion of comfort, style and city dwelling allows for an enviable and desirable series of interiors worthy of the impressive Park Quadrant Residences and it’s fantastic to be involved at this early stage to influence all of the design elements, not just the finishing.

“The scale and window detailing, as well as the internal finish of each apartment, have allowed us to play with a range of textures, colours and forms to create an architectural feel, enhancing the surroundings of the residences, as well as the geographical area itself.

“From the cool blues and dusky greys of our ever-changing Scottish skies, to the warmth of natural highland finishes and simplistic bleached coastal woods, each apartment will incorporate the flexibility and beauty of open plan living.”

The design of each home starts in a stunning communal entrance hall showcasing bespoke finishes, featuring geometric prints and chevrons. A contemporary Italian influence is evident in a luxe monochrome colour palette with warmer accent tones to create a luxurious hotel foyer impression.

Gordon Coster, Director at Ambassador Developments (Park Quadrant) Limited, said; “Our collection of apartments, duplexes and penthouses at Park Quadrant Residences will be some of the most luxurious in the country, combining traditional architecture with contemporary interiors.

“The interiors are being curated by John Amabile Design and will use the remarkable scale of the properties to illustrate the impressive level of finish that can be achieved and will cater to a range of buyers to help them envisage life at the development.”

The duplex apartments will offer private gardens and rear terraces, providing luxury living over two floors, while the exclusive penthouse collection will span the entire floor of each block. It will showcase dramatic vaulted ceilings and full width roof terraces to offer extensive outdoor living space and views of the city.

Prices at Park Quadrant Residences start from £395,000. For further information visit www.pqresidences.com

To view the interior film, visit http://www.pqresidences.com/film/

For further information, please contact:

Roanna Katz:

Roanna.katz@bigpartnership.co.uk

0141 333 9585 / 07846 786 265

Completion of historic luxury Glasgow residences generates high level of interest

A contemporary luxury residential development, which will complete Glasgow’s famous 19th century masterplan within the city’s prestigious Park area, has generated more than 600 buyer enquiries.

Park Quadrant Residences has been designed to be sympathetic to the area’s rich heritage, complementing the aesthetic of the original plans envisioned by architect Charles Wilson in 1851. The development will feature eleven apartment blocks spanning six floors and will comprise 98 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and duplexes, as well as an exquisite penthouse collection.

Gordon Coster, Director at Ambassador Developments Park Quadrant Limited, said; “We are very proud to be completing this missing piece in Glasgow’s history with the development of Park Quadrant Residences. There has been a very high level of enquiries from potential buyers who are drawn to the scale of the properties and elegance of design that blends contemporary and 19th century architecture.”

According to Savills Head of New Homes, Director Carole Mackie, Park Quadrant Residences is likely to set a new benchmark for quality and prices achieved in the city, with unprecedented interest coming from mainly home as well as some overseas buyers ahead of the off-plan sales launch this summer.

Carole Mackie said: “Key locations in the city are seeing something of a resurgence in buyer interest and this particular enclave is close to the heart of many local people. In addition, Glasgow is looking like very good value to investors, compared with other prime locations across the UK.

“There has been a surge in off-plan sales in the new build market, and prices are continuing to rise. The market is being driven by restricted supply and boosted by low mortgage rates and gradual economic growth. We are delighted with the response to Park Quadrant Residences to date with 635 applicants registering their interest since June.

“With private balconies and terraces, underground parking, lift access and first class specification throughout, there is very little on the prime market, anywhere in the UK, that matches Park Quadrant Residences in terms of location and luxurious design and finish.”

The final quarter of the Charles Wilson Park Area masterplan has lain undeveloped for almost 170 years, after being halted during the mid-1850s due to lack of funds. Park Quadrant Residences will form ‘the missing piece’ of the historic Park Circus area.

Latest research from Savills shows the prime market in the city locations of Glasgow is outperforming Scotland as a whole. Whereas prime values in the country have shown little change over the last year, in Glasgow they have increased by 3.5%. Furthermore, the number of property transactions in the West End and Park District during the year ending May 2017 was 10% higher than the five-year annual average.

Interested buyers can register now to join the exclusive Owners Club to be the first to receive access to further details and reservations at www.pqresidences.com.

For further information, please contact:

Roanna Katz:

Roanna.katz@bigpartnership.co.uk

0141 333 9585 / 07846 786 265