Patrick Parsons have been appointed by client North Limited/AC+H231 to provide civil, structural and geo-environmental services to aid the hotel and commercial development situated on Howard Street, within the Central Conservation Area of Glasgow.
The development consists of ground and first floor retail spaces beneath a 7 storey, 250 room Premier Inn Hotel for Whitbread and will incorporate ‘Bar and Block’ restaurant in St Enochs Square. The project, whilst adhering to the strict Whitbread Specifications, is also intended to meet BREEAM Rating of Good/Very Good.
The original scheme was put on hold in 2016 following the Brexit result due to uncertainty in funding for the project, however, over the past year there has been a high demand and broad positive response from suitors to fund the project.
The building backs onto the Custom House (listed category A) which fronts the riverside and will complete the link from Buchannan Street, through St.Enoch’s Square to join with the Clyde waterfront.
Patrick Parsons assisted with the pre-construction requirements and considered mitigation of ground borne vibration effects which, for the development tenant, are stringent. The design includes piled substructure and basement infill, whilst satisfying the criteria of the SPT subway tunnels which lie less than 4m from the nearest piled foundation.
The development will essentially provide a ‘bookend’ to the South of the main shopping area of Buchannan Street and will stand as another key element in the continuing modernisation and regeneration Glasgow’s city centre.