The world’s first floating leisure village is planned at the Canting Basin, close to the Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay.
The £30 million project will be developed by Manchester based Floating Concepts and is designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist water-based architects Baca Limited of London. The development could create up to 450 local jobs and transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.
The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay. Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating street. The floating buildings would include a flexible mix of two and three storey glazed office buildings, studio flats and town houses with their own private moorings.
Moored in front of ‘The Hub’ digital media centre are proposals for an eclectic mix of individual floating office and live/work units, ranging from 1000 to 3500 sq.ft, by leading designers of floating structures in Holland and Scandinavia, which will be offered on an ‘off-the-peg’ basis, in addition to a bespoke design and build service where required.
The plans for a green, car-free environment, which could have its recycled refuse collected by barge, will accommodate shops, a hotel, restaurants and an 80 berth marina with a unique yacht club concept which would be open to the public. In order to encourage the use of the river for recreation and transport there are plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat.
The marina will be attractive as a winter berth for yacht owners on the South Coast wishing to explore the more challenging sailing off the rugged coastal waters of Western Scotland.
To encourage the use of the river for transport and recreational use, the offices and residential units will be marketed with a range of ‘pool’ boats which residents will be able to book on line.
Following Scottish Enterprise’s lengthy and closely fought tender process, Floating Concepts has emerged as the preferred developer at the Canting Basin. A detailed planning application will be submitted as soon as possible.