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December 14 2012

ScottishPower submit revised HQ plans
ScottishPower has formally lodged a planning application to build its new Glasgow headquarters, a 14 storey building designed by Page\Park that will be the largest single-occupier development in the city for 25 years.

Located on a prominent St Vincent Street gap site the headquarters will accommodate some 220,000sq/ft of office space, sufficient to house some 1,900 Scottish Power staff.

Sporting a slightly refined exterior envelope, elevations and floor plans the finalised scheme will be developed by Helical Bar and Dawn Developments.

Ignacio Galan, Chairman of Iberdrola and ScottishPower, said: “We have major investments planned here in the coming years, with £3.5 billion being invested between 2012 and 2014 alone.  Our company and our industry will play a central role in helping to boost the economy by offering highly skilled employment for thousands of people. This new office complex will be the central hub that allows us to deliver and manage these investments.

“We have always stated that Glasgow would remain as the central location for our company in the UK and our new development reaffirms our commitment to the City.”

Construction is scheduled to commence in September 2013 with completion expected by late 2015.

8 Comments

David Graham
#1 Posted by David Graham on 14 Dec 2012 at 13:14 PM
Really disappointed to see that this faceless, average building is going to planning, which will inevitably see it approved. At least the previous proposal Elphinstone Place had some ambition to it, the site presents so much opportunity for a high rise building/skyscraper and it is wasted on the current proposal
David
#2 Posted by David on 14 Dec 2012 at 16:05 PM
I think you have to be realistic here. Who on earth is going to build a skyscraper in Glasgow the way the worlds economy is now? Personally I think it's fantastic that Glasgow is getting a huge new building, with all the jobs that come with it, and another gap site put to bed. Otherwise we'd all just be waiting around moaning about gap sites and fantasising about future skyscrapers.

Doesn't look faceless to me either. A bit more detail before prejudging please.
wonky
#3 Posted by wonky on 14 Dec 2012 at 16:07 PM
The St Vincent Plaza- at 12 storeys- should create a symmetrical gateway or glass gorge into the street. There are still many areas around this site, the 60s monoblocks on India Street for example, that are ripe for a skyscraper type 'iconic' building.
Egbert
#4 Posted by Egbert on 19 Dec 2012 at 10:54 AM
Excellent stuff - a proper, solid building with real urban presence both at street level to reinforce the frayed edge of the grid and as a landmark/gateway of sufficient scale to address the M8. Good to see this end of St. Vincent Street regaining some of its lost dignity and as David says another yawning gap site resolved. It's also a damn sight better than Keppie's fussy barcode-wallpapered lump that's soon to emerge opposite.
JimBob
#5 Posted by JimBob on 19 Dec 2012 at 16:46 PM
Reminds me of a victorian radiator..
JimBob
#6 Posted by JimBob on 19 Dec 2012 at 16:47 PM
.... and I quite like these radiators.
Alan carter
#7 Posted by Alan carter on 19 Feb 2014 at 00:18 AM
I really like this new building,it fills in a large gap in glasgow's skyline.But i would of loved the 40 storey building they were planning to build a few years back.
Billy Jamieson
#8 Posted by Billy Jamieson on 5 Apr 2015 at 06:39 AM
This area was supposed to be earmarked as a mini manhattan . Prime site. I st impression coming from airport for many. Please give us buildings that challenge the eye that promote Glasgow as a dynamic place to locate. Too many low rise glass boxes. If I had a business I would want a building that stood out shouting ....'hey look at me'. I fear we will get another low rise, run of the mill, yawn of a building.

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