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February 2 2012

Collegelands office scheme opens its doors
An opening ceremony has been conducted for the latest phase of Glasgow’s Collegelands development to complete, a 100k sq/ft office block located on the historic High Street.

Situated on a former railway goods yard the scheme is described as Glasgow’s ‘first new city centre quarter in decades’ and will ultimately comprise some 1.1m sq/ft of commercial and residential space.

A 600 bed student housing development and 1,220 space multi storey car park have already completed.

Designed by Page\Park architects on behalf of Dawn developments in a red brick warehouse style the development retains a former boundary wall on Duke Street of the former yard.

Glasgow City Council has assumed tenancy of the building and will move in on February 6.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The Collegelands development has generated £80million of economic activity in the city, and the Grade A office space opening next week will become a symbol of the regeneration of this part of the city. This development breathes new life into a site that has historically been of great significance to Glasgow, and I look forward towards its continued transformation.”
The buildings shown in the 17th Century print show the site as it would have been recognised by leading thinkers from the Scottish Enlightenment of the next century, such as Adam Smith - who was a professor there
The buildings shown in the 17th Century print show the site as it would have been recognised by leading thinkers from the Scottish Enlightenment of the next century, such as Adam Smith - who was a professor there

12 Comments

voiceofreason
#1 Posted by voiceofreason on 2 Feb 2012 at 12:07 PM
Collegelands is not on the site of the Old College. The new street is the site of Havanna St and the rail line the site of New Vennel.
boab
#2 Posted by boab on 2 Feb 2012 at 12:26 PM
What sort of rubbish CGI is that
Not one spontaneous outbreak of break dancing or any “street” DJ to be seen
Might as well have had an actual picture
Jimbob Tanktop
#3 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 2 Feb 2012 at 15:16 PM
If you're going to draw a fantasy Glesga, at least fill in the potholes with CGI.

As for the development, it's at least better than a big hole in the grun.
Sven
#4 Posted by Sven on 2 Feb 2012 at 15:49 PM
Are you sure voiceofreason? Collegelands was the land between what is now Duke Street and say Blackfriar Road. The actual old UofG buildings (Novo Erectio) were south of Duke Street (then called Vennel or New Vennel) around where the entrance to the High St Station car park is.

The planned building does look like something from London and reflects nothing of the historic site. If one looks at Europe and Poland and Germany in particular, they have recreated their old towns and sympathetically infuse new buildings with old architecture. The UK and Glasgow in particular seems to hate its remaining architecture. The planned buildings can be any non-descipt town anywhere in the world.
voiceofreason
#5 Posted by voiceofreason on 3 Feb 2012 at 00:17 AM
see this map 1857 from NLS

http://maps.nls.uk/townplans/view/?sid=74416232&mid=glasgow_1_centre

why not call this new street Havanna?
Danny
#6 Posted by Danny on 3 Feb 2012 at 09:08 AM
I like it. Nice use of the Railway goods yard wall. Having walked past this gaping hole in the grun every day for 3 years whilst at Uni, its a joy to see something finally rise from the ground here.
Sven
#7 Posted by Sven on 3 Feb 2012 at 12:56 PM
Sorry voiceofreason, that proves that it is Collegelands - it is being built on what was professor Court, unless I am misreading the map?
urbanrealm
#8 Posted by urbanrealm on 3 Feb 2012 at 15:33 PM
@voiceofreason Havana Street is being reinstated. There willl also be a New Station Street by the Molendinar.

http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/3334/Site_visit%3A_Collegelands.html
belle
#9 Posted by belle on 6 Feb 2012 at 02:26 AM
i have never seen brickwork applied so fast in a project. it seemd to go up in minutes.
belle
#10 Posted by belle on 6 Feb 2012 at 02:27 AM
and so beautifully laid ;-)
JB
#11 Posted by JB on 6 Feb 2012 at 09:17 AM
Polish brickies
PM
#12 Posted by PM on 6 Feb 2012 at 10:01 AM
They were prefab panels.

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