Charing Cross office block to undergo £3m refurbishment
August 17 2022
A prominent Glasgow office block is in line for a £3m refurbishment designed to improve street level interaction at a traffic choked intersection.
300 Bath Street is being overhauled by London & Scottish Property Management (LSPIM) with Michael Laird Architects as part of a rebranding exercise to draw new tenants, including Fairhurst.
Elliot Cumming, senior asset manager at LSPIM, said: “300 Bath Street is one of Glasgow’s best-known landmarks, stretching across the M8 and linking the West End to the City Centre. It’s a very recognisable and unique building, which we will be breathing new life into.
“Our transformation will be more than simply changing the name. We will be improving its specification to meet today`s occupier requirements, including a new feature entrance, and expansive wellbeing amenity, including cycle storage, new showers and a drying room."
A new entrance canopy in matte black metal and champagne-coloured cladding will be carved out of the Bath Street elevation, with infill glazing to match the current facade.
The refurbishment programme will conclude early next year.
As to Tay House? I will not name names but the European historical context in which this was designed ie 1984, clearly had not impacted on the vacuum of the visually conservative offices and ethos of Park Circus at the time. Even the dreadful aberration that was Pomo was just kicking off then. So in hindsight, ignoring the cultural vandalism of the salmon pink, I do think it's maybe a tad harsh to put the boot totally into this offering. I am sure the author meant well but it just wasn't to be.
#7 'pull it all down and start again' - no doubt that's precisely what Richard Seifert said in the 60s. How'd that work out? What about responsible sustainability? After all there is a workable structure there.
#8 'lipstick on a pig' - probably true and it will be a missed opportunity, still if the owner wants a shiny building then...
By the way, there was an interesting piece by Oliver Wainwright on 16th August in the graun. 'Demolition is violence' where all reworked buildings illustrated were visually so much richer than anything new. Interesting -.take a looksee as an alternative to an all or nothing approach.
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