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Glasgow’s West Campbell Street shapes up as new office corridor

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January 12 2017

Glasgow’s West Campbell Street shapes up as new office corridor
M&G Real Estate are gearing up to redevelop a vacant office block on Glasgow’s Cadogan Street, raising a dated 1980s structure with inefficient floorplates to make way for 275,000 sq/ft of net grade A floorspace.

A design team led by Cooper Cromar propose to replace Corunna House with a 12-storey block bounded by Home, West Campbell and Blythswood Street’s, with a tenth-floor setback offering opportunity for outdoor terraces.

In considering the exterior the architects have striven for a ‘restrained, timeless yet contemporary’ aesthetic with a clearly defined double height reception space.

In seeking approval the architects wrote: “The redevelopment of 29-39 Cadogan Street offers a rare opportunity to regenerate this micro location within the core Central Business District and will act as a catalyst for major regeneration in the area. The scale of development is also critically important, as it provides the opportunity to secure a large-scale occupier, inward investor or potentially public sector occupier.”

Options are being explored with Glasgow City Council for the removal of on-street parking on both sides of Cadogan Street to accommodate new planting and public realm, basement access will be provided off Holm Street.

Faced in masonry, composite and metallic cladding panels the scheme will sit over the road from Cooper Cromar’s planned New Exchange, restoring the Victorian building line through to Atlantic Square.
Cooper Cromar dominate Glasgow's office market
Cooper Cromar dominate Glasgow's office market
It is hoped to undertake a series of public realm enhancements in partnership with the council
It is hoped to undertake a series of public realm enhancements in partnership with the council

9 Comments

QMD
#1 Posted by QMD on 13 Jan 2017 at 09:27 AM
The height is good but the elevations just look pure bland. Timeless? More of 'cheapest' to go...
MoFloBro
#2 Posted by MoFloBro on 13 Jan 2017 at 09:34 AM
Good to see the building line down Blythswood Street and West Campbell Street being restored, that slightly off-line building always irritated me when looking down the hill.
On the other hand it looks identical to the building proposed opposite. In fact it looks very similar to quite a few proposals around the city.
I also worry that the white facing will look pretty scruffy in a couple of years.
D R
#3 Posted by D R on 13 Jan 2017 at 14:01 PM
In response to the last point, that's because it's probably the same architect that has designed many others! No such thing as a new project, this was supposed to be a development site in the 90's!!
pleasantfield
#4 Posted by pleasantfield on 13 Jan 2017 at 15:43 PM
Yup, and this one will not last more than 30 years either. Agree with Moflobro that the white will look decidedly grubby very quickly. Such an articulate building .
E=mc2
#5 Posted by E=mc2 on 13 Jan 2017 at 22:25 PM
Very derivative, Eric Parry was doing much better stuff like this years ago. Totally agree about detailing or it will weather very badly very quickly. Look at Lancefield Quay.
Jimmy
#6 Posted by Jimmy on 14 Jan 2017 at 14:29 PM

With greater façade depth, better understanding of proportion, carefully considered materials, peerless detailing and viewing this with partially closed eyes whilst half cut, you can just about accept a mild Eric Parry reference. The vertical corner slot with wee slither corner of glass looks especially humpty…2/10 from me.

Fits in well with other stuff by the Cooper Robson Laird Architects though.

I know its only Jan 14th but 2017 is not shaping up well based on what we have seen so far.
Lancefield Lad
#7 Posted by Lancefield Lad on 16 Jan 2017 at 09:16 AM
I live in Lancefield quay and I love the architecture, it feels like I live in an aircraft carrier
E=mc2
#8 Posted by E=mc2 on 18 Jan 2017 at 22:41 PM
@7 Sounds a bit Maverick to me #requestaflyby
john faima
#9 Posted by john faima on 15 May 2017 at 12:17 PM
A vertically linear design intent , façade would be good in GRC because of the lightweight advantage, BREEAM A plus and class A fire Cert. John faima Telling Architectural

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