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Mountgrange & PRUPIM to press ahead with Glasgow Odeon redevelopment

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November 27 2012

Mountgrange & PRUPIM to press ahead with Glasgow Odeon redevelopment
Mountgrange and PRUPIM, the real estate investment funds, have announced that they are to press ahead with the imminent demolition of Glasgow’s former Odeon cinema after securing ownership of the property from Duddingston House.

Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed to design and build 143,000sq/ft of retail and office space behind the art deco cinema, an amended 10 storey design penned by GMA|Ryder.

This will entail demolition of the existing brick bow to make way for the 10 storey grade a office scheme behind the retained frontage building.

Nick Berry, partner at Mountgrange Investment Management, commented: "We have identified Glasgow as a prime target for commercial investment and believe this provides an excellent opportunity to respond to the shortage of Grade A space in the heart of the city.”

Demolition will commence next month and the new block is expected to be available to tenants in December 2014.

6 Comments

wonky
#1 Posted by wonky on 27 Nov 2012 at 16:07 PM
Why can't we build buildings like this one and the Lion Chambers nearby? What is wrong with our 'culture' that we rarely produce anything that oozes timelessness and pure class?
Somewhere along the line the machine has evicted poetry from the modern soul.
Watcher
#2 Posted by Watcher on 27 Nov 2012 at 16:59 PM
I do not think this scheme was designed by GMA|Ryder - this was designed by a team in GMA before they went in to liquidation, as pointed out in the very article you link to above.

And Wonky - oozing timelessness and class? The 2 examples you cite are both empty and derelict because they are of a configuration and size that is not suitable for a modern use. This would make them anything but timeless no?
SRA
#3 Posted by SRA on 27 Nov 2012 at 17:18 PM
Images of the proposal are available here: http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/daily-news/gordon-murray-submits-plans-to-redevelop-glasgow-cinema/8618173.article Someone should also donate their texture library to GMA | Ryder, seems like all they have is white....
UR
#4 Posted by UR on 27 Nov 2012 at 18:23 PM
The plans linked to above are for an earlier scheme. GMA|Ryder have since reworked it and will release the revised plans in a 'few days'.
Innocent Bystander
#5 Posted by Innocent Bystander on 27 Nov 2012 at 19:51 PM
ACCORDING TO DRAWINGS NEW ON SKYSCRAPER, AFTER DEMOLITION IT WILL BE A "TEMPORARY" PUBLIC SPACE AND TWO STORY "TEMPORARY"BUILDING FOR THE NEAR FUTURE.
Neil
#6 Posted by Neil on 28 Nov 2012 at 12:47 PM
#5 Looks like the previous owners were eager to get rid of it and the new company are holding the site with temorary proposals until the market improves, if it ever does. It will be a very long time before anything happens here.

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