Broomielaw Quay gets the go ahead

02 Nov 2011

A £10m restaurant quarter at the Broomielaw in Glasgow’s financial district has been granted planning permission, with building work expected to kick off next year.

The redevelopment of the Clyde riverfront took a leap forward this week with city planners giving their unanimous consent for pavilions at the Broomielaw housing bars, restaurants and cafes.

Permission for the 32,000sq ft Broomielaw development was granted at a meeting of the planning application committee at Glasgow City Council yesterday.

The plans are expected to create up to 150 new jobs and complement the longer-term development aspirations in the area, including the creation of the Fastlink bus service between the city centre, the SECC and the new Riverside Transport Museum at Glasgow Harbour.

Capella Developments, which is behind the project, is looking to build four two-storey pavilion structures with restaurant and pub units and shopping. Seating areas at ground and first floor levels would also be created.

Jim Fitzsimons, chief executive of Capella Group, said the granting of planning permission signalled the development was firmly on track. He said: "This is great news and a real endorsement by Glasgow City Council of our proposals for this site.

"A thriving waterfront leisure destination is something Glasgow has long been sorely lacking and we believe these plans will go a long way towards addressing this.

"This development also offers real economic opportunities and will bring both jobs and investment to the heart of Glasgow.

"It will be a real asset to the IFSD and will help ensure the continuing success of the Broomielaw and contribute to the regeneration of the Clyde waterfront.

"We are already talking to signature restaurants and cafes and look forward to creating a dynamic business and leisure location for the city."

Broomielaw Quay has been designed by architects GD Lodge. Fiona Hamilton at Jones Lang LaSalle has been appointed to market the development to potential occupiers and David Davidson at Cushman & Wakefield is arranging the funding package for the development.  Conran Design has been appointed to provide the branding for the scheme.

Work is expected to start next year, with a completion date of 2013.