The proposal for the site is presented below.

The Site and Surroundings

65-73 Carlton Place is a Category B Listed three storey with basement building located on the corner of Carlton Place and South Portland Street, to the south of the River Clyde. The site is also situated within the Glasgow Central Conservation Area. The site is bound by Carlton Place to the north, South Portland Street to the east and Carlton Court to the south. The building was most recently occupied by the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

The site is located within close proximity to Glasgow City Centre and is in an area of high public transport accessibility. The South Portland Street suspension footbridge is located approximately 20m to the north of the site, providing direct access across the River to the City Centre. Bridge Street subway is also located approximately 0.2 miles to the south-west of the site.

Planning History

Planning permission was granted in July 2020 for the use of the hospice as 28 flats, erection of 82 holiday letting rooms, gymnasium and associated works including car parking and demolition to rear (application reference 19/01951/FUL). An application for listed building consent for internal and external alterations including demolition to rear was submitted in July 2019 ( 19/01980/LBA).

Planning permission was granted in October 2018 for the erection of four storey building and conversion of former hospice to provide holiday letting accommodation and associated works (18/01420/FUL). The associated application for listed building consent was approved in October 2018 (18/01432/LBA).

The principle of development on this site has therefore been established. The proposed development seeks to maintain a similar design, scale and massing to the previously approved schemes whilst introducing a new Co-living use at the site.

Planning Policy Context

The Glasgow City Development Plan (CDP) (2017) provides the main planning policy framework for determining planning applications within the area.

Within the Glasgow City Development Proposals Map, the site is located within the Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area (CDP reference H119) and within the City Centre Strategic Economic Investment Location (SEIL). Beyond Carlton Place to the north of the site is the Clyde Walkway Southbank – Clyde Place. The site is also located within the boundary of the Central Conservation Area.

A key outcome of the City Centre Living Strategy (2020), the City Centre Strategic Development Framework (SDF), and the Central District Regeneration Framework (DRF) is the need to repopulate Glasgow’s city centre, to create a more vibrant, inclusive, sustainable and liveable place. The City Centre Living Strategy (2020) aims to double the city centre population of around 20,000 by 2035.

The proposal will deliver on these ambitions to grow the population in the city centre by creating new residential apartments and a commercial use on a sustainable site.

An extract from the Glasgow CDP Proposals Map is provided with the approximate site boundary outlined in red for clarity.

Proposed Development

Thirdline Studio are proposing to submit applications for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent to Glasgow City Council for the conversion of the existing building at 65-73 Carlton Place, the demolition of existing buildings to the rear and the erection of a four storey extension to form new purpose-built Co-living accommodation with the provision of a ground floor commercial unit.

Co-living development comprises purpose-built, managed rental blocks of studio apartments, which offers social living space with shared amenity facilities for residents under a single, professional management arrangement. Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the proposed use will attract an intergenerational range of key workers, temporary workers, recent graduates and young professionals.

The development would deliver up to 155 Co-living studio apartments across the Grade B Listed building and the new building. The studio apartments will range from approximately 22 – 26 sqm. The proposal includes provision of high-quality amenity spaces including communal internal and external amenity space, a rooftop terrace and private amenity spaces. The provision of onsite shared amenity facilities seeks to create a crucial sense of community and inclusivity for residents.

The proposed development will provide high quality Co-living apartments within proximity to the city centre, close to a range of existing public transport hubs and local amenities. Cycle parking will be provided on site for residents use.

The existing Category B building will be sensitively refurbished and the scale and massing of the proposed extension will respect the surrounding site context. The provision of a ground floor commercial unit in addition to the residential use on upper floors will activate the street frontage and improve the overall vitality and safety of the area.

Proposed Site Elevations
Proposed Ground Floor Plan
Concept Sketches