Future Plan for
King Street Car Park

A developing vision for a strategic City Centre site

Welcome to the Future Plan for King Street Car Park Project Vision. You can find information below about our plans for this site.

Section 1 - Masterplan vision

This is King Street Car Park. Today it is surrounded by some really interesting areas and is a key gateway to the city centre from the south. We think the site has a lot more to offer the city than its current use as a car park. 

An aerial photograph of the King Street Car Park site, showing it within the context of the city centre of Glasgow. The site is highlighted in purple, with a question mark placed over it. The foreground shows dozens of parked cars, with surrounding buildings shown in the background.

Glasgow City Council have identified the site as a location for mixed use development as part of its city centre strategy. This is part of a bigger ambition to double the population of the city centre in the next 15 years.

An aerial photograph of the King Street Car Park site with colour overlays showing the surrounding neighbourhoods.

We’ve been exploring how the site could create a new place to live, work and enjoy with great public spaces and a strong connection to the surrounding area. 

We’re developing a masterplan. This will include the overall vision for the site including the location of buildings, new routes and public spaces.

Section 2 - Future uses

The Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) will define development plots. The exact mix of uses within each of plot and their design will be developed at the next design stage. 

A birdseye diagram of the King Street Car Park site, showing the site divided into 6 development plots. The site is surrounded by existing buildings, with potential locations for new buildings highlighted.

We think a balanced mix of uses would be best, with a combination of new homes, places to work and hotel and leisure uses. This would create a vibrant neighbourhood with a diverse community. If there was sufficient demand, a cluster of workspace buildings could create an active and well used environment during the day, benefiting the local economy. 

A diagram showing three potential scenarios for mixes of use of the site.

Section 3 - Permeability and Routes

Currently the site is dominated by car parking and is quite isolated, creating a ‘big gap’ in the city centre. The masterplan will open up the site with new routes and public spaces, reconnecting it with the surrounding area. 

A birdseye diagram showing the King Street Car Park site at present with existing road infrastructure highlighted.A birdseye diagram showing a series of new routes proposed to link surrounding areas across the site.

The masterplan creates a primary north-south route which incorporates a new public space framing the Merchant Steeple. This route extends north of the site to Ingram Street via other new developments in the Merchant City. 

A birdseye diagram showing a proposed north-south route connecting the Merchant City through the site to the Briggait and the River Clyde.

Additionally the new east-west route connects St Enoch Centre and Stockwell Street to Kings Court. Plot C on the north-east corner of the site is set back to allow for additional public realm and improved pedestrian experience connecting back into King Street and Parnie Street. 

A birdseye diagram showing a proposed route connecting the City Centre through the site to Glasgow Green.

The masterplan will also provide the catalyst for much needed improvements to the streets and spaces around the site, improving the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

A birdseye diagram showing proposed improvements to surrounding roads and public spaces.

Section 4 - Amenities

A diverse mix of uses will activate the ground floors of the buildings creating streets and spaces that are well overlooked and safe for pedestrians. 

Potential future uses include: shops and retail, cafes and restaurants, cultural uses, workspace including co-working, pharmacies and healthcare and community education. 

A birdseye diagram showing a range of potential uses of the King Street Car Park site. An illustration showing multi-story buildings with many windows. A number of characters are shown in the foreground making use of the public space.

Section 5 - Public realm and Greenspace

Public spaces and greenspace are a key driver for the masterplan. 

A new formal public space will be created at the heart of the masterplan, designed to align with key desire lines and routes while framing views south towards the Grade A listed Briggait Steeple. 

An illustration showing multi-story buildings with many windows, with shops and cafes at ground floor. The Briggait is visible in the background. A number of characters are shown in the foreground making use of the public space.

The public realm proposals have been developed in response to site environmental conditions. Planting and greenspace are located where there is maximum daylight and ground floor spill out spaces and commercial uses are placed in areas where they will benefit from afternoon and evening light.

An architectural drawing of the proposed public realm of the development, showing the layout of paved areas and new greenspace. An illustration showing multi-story buildings with many windows, with cafes and shops at ground floor level. A number of characters are shown in the foreground making use of the public space with multiple trees. An illustration showing multi-story buildings with many windows, with trees and greenery at ground floor level. A number of characters are shown in the foreground making use of the public space.

Glossary of terms

Term Definition
Design Team The design team is primarily responsible for taking an idea and bringing it to life using their professional skills. The end result is a design or approach that aligns with the client’s desires, is feasible, conforms with regulations and is within budgetary restrictions.
Consultation Digital or in-person interaction with members of the public to share and make information available about plans and proposals for places
Future Plan An intended future course of action or scheme aimed at achieving specific goals or objectives within a specific time frame and framework.
Planning Permission in Principle (PPP) PPP is a mechanism by which developers can establish certainty about the principle of a proposed development in terms of land use, location and amount of development.
Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) PAN is a notice served on the Local Authority (Council) by an applicant (Developer), advising them of the applicant's intention to submit a planning application in the future and the steps the developer proposes to engage with the public prior to application submission.
Public Exhibition An in-person meeting with members of the public to present information about plans and proposals for places and to explore any associated opportunities and challenges through discussion and/or facilitated toolkits.
Consented This is when a planning application has been approved, allowing development to continue towards delivery on-site.