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December 7 2011

Scottish Water submit Buchanan Gate plans
Scottish Water has submitted a formal planning application for the development of a £15m National Operations Centre on a moorland site in Stepps, near Glasgow.

Designed by Reiach & Hall Architects Buchanan Gate will provide 7,290sq/m of office accommodation for 595 staff.

Sporting a deep set façade to reduce solar gain whilst still permitting high levels of daylight the structure extends the practices confident use of brick in a pared down modernist manner, as seen at Dundee House and on Alloa College.

This is enriched through the use of cast stone string courses and bronze anodised aluminium curtain walling whilst a central atrium draws in additional light   

In their design statement the practice said: “… we have looked to the gardens of the great country houses as a powerful precedent of how to deliver places of lasting substance and delight in previously wild environments.”

BAM Construction has been appointed as contractor for the project which should move on site in February 2012.
Buchanan Gate presently comprises some dismal office pavilions in an exposed moorland setting
Buchanan Gate presently comprises some dismal office pavilions in an exposed moorland setting
The deep set facade is reminiscent of Dundee House
The deep set facade is reminiscent of Dundee House

6 Comments

Stuart
#1 Posted by Stuart on 7 Dec 2011 at 11:52 AM
Planning application just in but contractor appointed and start date February 2012?
urbanrealm
#2 Posted by urbanrealm on 7 Dec 2011 at 11:59 AM
Subject to consent.

Extensive public consultations and pre-application discussions with North Lanarkshire Council have already taken place so seems a safe bet for the nod.
sultan of brooneye
#3 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 7 Dec 2011 at 14:02 PM
I am a big fan of Reiach & Hall but I feel let down by the alarming similarity that this building has to their recent Dundee effort.......urban site vs moorland setting = same material response....that shouldn't be :(
Enjoy
#4 Posted by Enjoy on 7 Dec 2011 at 19:57 PM
SW have been procuring this for a long long time. There were a number of contractors bidding for it, who in turn appoint the design team
Enjoy
#5 Posted by Enjoy on 7 Dec 2011 at 19:58 PM
I also like the design. Pity R&H didn't get a crack at Queen Street rather than the monstrosity currently proposed
w
#6 Posted by w on 9 Dec 2011 at 14:47 PM
YAWN

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