St Enoch Masterplan
with Leslie Jones
The St Enoch Masterplan aims to deliver a vibrant and sustainable mixed use development within the heart of Glasgow City centre.
The proposed development will occupy the entire site of the existing St Enoch Shopping centre and multi-storey car park, transforming this substantial city centre block into a mix of retail, leisure, commercial and residential uses, supported by the creation of new civic and public realm areas. A key aspect of the development is the creation of new streets to re-establish pedestrian links with the Clyde riverfront, Merchant City and Glasgow Green. By increasing the permeability of the site coupled with the re-establishment of St Enoch Square ,and the creation of a new public square within the masterplan, this area of the city will be transformed into a vibrant 18 hour quarter of Glasgow city centre.
Sustainability and low carbon performance are fundamental goals of the masterplan which have influenced all aspects of the outline proposals. The proposed building forms and massing have been designed to minimise embodied carbon impact which will be further developed as material selections are progressed. Similarly operational carbon has been minimised through the adoption of an all-electric heating strategy and efficient building forms and façade fenestration.
Health, wellbeing and social interaction are core aspects of the St Enoch Masterplan which is being delivered through new public space that will provide a place for people to perform, exhibit and help others. Positive human benefits will also be delivered through the proposed integration of plants, trees and fauna within the masterplan providing people connection to nature and living things. Furthermore, the proposed urban greening will enhance local biodiversity, giving a place for nature in the city centre while also addressing micro-climate and climate mitigation needs such as minimisation of the urban heat island effect and high rain fall conditions.