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The time is right for Glasgow watchmakers' expansion

February 14 2023

The time is right for Glasgow watchmakers' expansion

A specialist enamel watchmaker is to build a studio in Cathcart after obtaining planning consent from Glasgow City Council.

Drawing together staff scattered across the city in one purpose-built home anOrdain has chosen a narrow strip of leftover land at 12 Delvin Road, beneath Cathcart Station, for their business.

In awarding, consent planners acknowledged that light metalworking and low frequency of deliveries would not adversely impact neighbours, observing: "Subject to conditions on noise, landscaping and materials, the proposal would provide an improvement to the street scene and would not harm the residential amenity of adjacent properties."

Reiach & Hall were appointed to reflect the creativity and engineering of the business, with a simple linear plan separating manufacturing to the south and ancillary spaces to the north. A central circulation route terminates in a double-height reception to the west, with staff entering from the eastern end.

Formed under a ribbed pitched roof of translucent sheeting that draws inspiration from previous work, such as Nucleus, the facility rests on a low grey brick base.  

A strip of residual land has been chosen for its excellent transport links
A strip of residual land has been chosen for its excellent transport links
Opalescent glazed rooflights draw plenty of natural light for the delicate manufacturing work below
Opalescent glazed rooflights draw plenty of natural light for the delicate manufacturing work below

4 Comments

Fat Bloke on Tour
#1 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 14 Feb 2023 at 11:25 AM
Interesting project -- artisan manufacturing in a big shed / garage but it is investment which points to growth ambitions.

Manufacturing in Glesga -- the Tesco approach -- every little helps.
juan de los angeles
#2 Posted by juan de los angeles on 14 Feb 2023 at 12:45 PM
Interesting and welcome in principle, but the long blank fa├žade kills the pavement. Any chance of getting a window or 2 or 3 there?
Jimbob Tanktop
#3 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 14 Feb 2023 at 14:43 PM
I wish them well in their new home. I hear there's a four year wait for a new anOrdain so they'll need all the extra space they can get
Lovely
#4 Posted by Lovely on 17 Feb 2023 at 12:13 PM
Nice aesthetic overall but agree with #2 about the overly blank street facade and also ramp at the front looks like an after market add on despite being purpose built. Lovely to see real things being made by real people in Glasgow even if they are a wee bit costly.

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