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The Observatory, Glasgow

The Observatory is a stunning private sale development located on Highburgh Road in the centre of Glasgow’s West End. Designed by Fitzsimons, a Glasgow-based property management company, The Observatory comprises 19 one and two bed luxury bespoke apartments including three duplex penthouses, each with their own private rooftop garden terrace as well as an additional communal rooftop garden accessible to all residents.

The Observatory was constructed on an existing brownfield site adjacent to existing 1800’s sandstone tenements as well as social hotspots The Rock Bar immediately and resident gardens. Traditional blockwork was used for the construction of the ground floor, as well as the stair and lift shaft, with CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber solutions used for the construction of the additional 4 storeys.

The strategy of design focuses on the creation of a contemporary tenement building typology, maintaining a sense of continuity to fit in comfortably with the local environment. All the flats within the project are built from a simple and robust palette of buff coloured sandstone and rain screen cladding with full height, high performance timber aluminium clad windows set in deep reveals animating the main street facades. Inside, the truly bespoke apartments feature an array of exceptional touches: a secure HD video entry system, designer fixtures and fittings, high efficiency energy solutions, luxury kitchen and bathroom design offering an abundance of space with open plan living and kitchen arrangements, a feature fireplace and an en-suite bathroom for every bedroom.

Client:
Red Eye Developments

Contract Value:
£4.4 million

Awards:
Herald Property Awards 2015 Development of the Year

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