A MAJOR office development in Glasgow’s international financial services district has been granted planning permission in principle.

Mosaic Architecture + Design has been granted permission for the 290,000 sq ft, Grade A office development at Carrick Square, between Carrick Street and Brown Street and close to Atlantic Quay, on behalf of property developer Soller Group.

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The site is currently used as a car park, and the proposed development will, Mosaic noted, introduce a new public plaza joining Brown Street and Carrick Street on its north side, which would double as the building’s main entrance.

Mosaic said the development, which would have a u-shaped plan backing on to a central lightwell which in turn backed on to existing office space at 200 Broomielaw, would feature “extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing”. The development, over 14 floors above basement parking, will include south-facing terraces to “maximise views and light”.

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Nick Treadaway, founder and chief executive of Soller, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning-in-principle approval for this site, which further strengthens our presence in the desirable Glasgow office market. This exciting development will surpass the aspirations of the modern office occupier.”

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Neil Haining, director of Mosaic, said: “The building’s massing is manipulated in response to its immediate context - in particular the existing office building to the south – creating the opportunity for southern aspects from the building.”

He added: “Gable ends are articulated to form two separate planes – one solid, one more transparent – allowing the building to increase in scale towards the north.”