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July 7 2015

143,000sq/ft Glasgow office block handed over
BAM Properties has handed over a 143,000sq/ft office block on Glasgow’s Queen Street ahead of its move on site with a 260,000sq/ft project at Atlantic Square.

Built for £50.4m and sold to Deutsche AWM for £70m last year the property includes 20,000sq/ft of ground floor retail space and is 40 per cent let to tenants including Brodies, Deloitte and Grant Thornton.

John Burke, managing director properties, BAM Construct UK, said: “When we purchased the site in 2012 at the height of the recession there were a lot of raised eyebrows, but we believed then what we believe now; Glasgow is a world class city in which to do business and as such requires world class office accommodation.

“Launching a speculative development is a calculated risk at the best of times but fortunately our faith was justified when Brodies LLP signed up to be our first tenant and we were delighted when Deutsche AWM agreed to buy the building last year. “

Connect110ns was part funded by The Scottish Government’s SPRUCE Fund to the tune of £10m.

9 Comments

james
#1 Posted by james on 7 Jul 2015 at 20:10 PM
barbarians.
David
#2 Posted by David on 8 Jul 2015 at 09:39 AM
Awful addition to the City. Extremely clunky detailing at ground floor shows up just how cheap this was. View from George Square is equally poor. I've not liked this from the start, however floors 2 to 7 at least look semi-quality, but the ground floor entrance to Queen Street is terrible.

I initially hoped that the building would simply come straight to ground with a continuous curtain wall effect but the set back for the retail sits really uncomfortably. Like the big heavy building is floating, which for me is a really dated idea.

Sad days.
Sir Ano
#3 Posted by Sir Ano on 8 Jul 2015 at 10:02 AM
Monstrous addition to the city centre at one of the city most prominent node point.
Tommy D
#4 Posted by Tommy D on 8 Jul 2015 at 14:49 PM
LOOKS GOOD!
Roddy
#5 Posted by Roddy on 8 Jul 2015 at 15:51 PM
This is a good addition to the city
Well done BAM and Cooper Cromar
Ignore the comments from the haters, there just jealous
David
#6 Posted by David on 8 Jul 2015 at 17:18 PM
Typical response from Roddy, not for the first time.
No-one else is allowed an opinion, unless it's complimentary.
George
#7 Posted by George on 9 Jul 2015 at 11:14 AM
I like this development, looks good
Ignore the comments from David
David
#8 Posted by David on 9 Jul 2015 at 12:15 PM
Why do I feel like I'm being picked on for not liking this building?!...

I'll sleep well at night safe in the knowledge there are a lot of other people who hate it too George.

:D
Rationalist
#9 Posted by Rationalist on 9 Jul 2015 at 14:21 PM
When Foster did it (W.F.D. in the 70s) it was an intelligent response to a fragmented urban context, its curving form tracking the irregular site boundary. On the contrary, contriving a bulbous, expressionless mass within a wonderfully rich city centre context is not only unresponsive and arbitrary, but lazy and meaningless. This is truly a vapid hulk of a building.

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