UK-BASED architects have filed an application for a multi-use 15-storey building on a site close to the Waterport fountain.
The ambitious scheme proposes that a section of Queensway Road be realigned to accommodate the build and create pedestrianised areas.
The plans that are yet to be put before the Development and Planning Commission show commercial units to the ground and part of the first floor. Floors two to six are set aside for office space.
Residential apartments will be created on part of the first floor and from floor seven to floor 13. The two floors above that will be duplex penthouses. There are a further two floors below ground for parking and building services.
If successful, the site that currently contains a petrol station and motor dealership
would be re-purposed and, the application claims, “ensure a better traffic flow and that pedestrian movement has a greater priority, improving the connection from the Ocean Village to Grand Casement Square and Main Street”.
The application adds: “Our proposed design aims to create an architectural proposal that will establish the Waterport site as a destination and ‘gateway’ for tourism and the locals of Gibraltar.”