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Fri 14th Jan 11 - 15:23

"Glasgow to house world's first floating leisure village"

UK-based specialist property development company Floating Concepts will develop a floating, mixed-use development in Glasgow, which is said to be the world's first floating leisure village.

Floating Concepts has been selected by Scottish Enterprise as the preferred bidder for the proposed £30 million ($47.5 million) floating development at the Canting Basin, on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow . The mixed-use scheme, encompassing residential accommodation, leisure and retail facilities and a range of offices, will be designed by specialist water-based London architects Baca ltd. and Glasgow-based ZM Architecture.

According to the proposal the Canting Basin will be transformed into a floating community of shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena.

Floating Concepts plans include using cutting-edge design and the latest sustainable technology to create a new canal with a U-shaped floating roadway, comprising 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 square feet 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. There are also plans for a further 150 berths for the residents and occupiers of the development and for visitors by boat. In order 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 online.

The Canting Basin covers 5 hectares of water which borders the Science Centre and IMAX cinema at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay. The speculative, floating development for the Canting Basin site has yet to be granted outline planning permission and construction will only commence once private funding is made available. Construction work could start in early summer 2012 and three phase development is expected to take three years.

Fusing local and international design talent, ‘Floating Concepts' envisage that the floating basin community will become a visitor's destination in its own right.

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