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January 25 2012

George House refurb nears completion
A £6.5m refurbishment of Glasgow’s George House is now nearing completion, although George Square regulars  may be hard pushed to spot the difference.

Architects Reiach and Hall have been busy revamping the structure to provide 90,000sq/ft of office space installing a series of ventilation grilles and coloured spandrel panels to the façade.

Interserve meanwhile have worked on stripping out the interior of the building, raising access floors and improving common areas whilst introducing a new lift system and feature entrance.

The work is being bankrolled by international real estate company Redevco.

A low impact refurbishment of the prominent 1970s office block was necessitated last year, when Glasgow City Council unexpectedly refused planning permission for a £65m rebuild – also penned by Reiach & Hall.

George House will be completed later in the year.
A contemporary replacement, complete with a glazed 'cloud' element, was blocked by planners
A contemporary replacement, complete with a glazed 'cloud' element, was blocked by planners
The spruce up wont be immediately apparent to pedestrians
The spruce up wont be immediately apparent to pedestrians

4 Comments

boab
#1 Posted by boab on 26 Jan 2012 at 07:44 AM
"project nears completion".......er dont think so.......!
it only started on site at the end of November
Neil
#2 Posted by Neil on 26 Jan 2012 at 09:37 AM
The 'coloured spandrel panels' look remarkably beige.
BL
#3 Posted by BL on 26 Jan 2012 at 13:44 PM
@boab - 'completed later in the year' obviously means nearing completion!
sultan of brooneye
#4 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 28 Jan 2012 at 18:51 PM
I for one would like to know why the previous proposal was knocked back by GCC. The architects have a reputation for well crafted buildings (albeit a very distinct 'house style' is becoming apparent – I am sure on receipt of this comment the boys at R&H will endeavour to improve) and the existing building doesn't (at a glance) appear to be worthy of such precious behaviour on the councils part.

I give Glasgow's Planning Department 27/100 for their choice.

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