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Final phase of Glasgow's Buchanan Wharf reaches practical completion

May 22 2023

Final phase of Glasgow's Buchanan Wharf reaches practical completion

Drum Property Group is applying the finishing touches to its £500m Buchanan Wharf development following the external completion of an office HQ, due to be occupied by the Student Loans Company in the autumn.

The 75,000sq/ft premises are now undergoing internal fit-out, complementing the northern European HQ of Barclays and a newly completed 18-storey apartment tower.

Graeme Bone, group managing director of Drum Property Group commented: “We have now successfully transformed a neglected industrial brownfield site into a thriving living and working community, re-energising this waterfront area and once again making the River Clyde an integral part of Glasgow city centre.

"Buchanan Wharf is one of Scotland’s largest and most important commercial and residential projects, delivered whilst facing the extreme economic and logistical challenges created by the pandemic."

Funded by Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets the riverside campus has been designed by Stallan-Brand with Halliday Fraser Munro.  

Buchanan Wharf sees the city centre leapfrog the River Clyde
Buchanan Wharf sees the city centre leapfrog the River Clyde


#1 Posted by Roddy on 22 May 2023 at 11:26 AM
Transformational for Glasgow
In Drum we trust !
James Hepburn
#2 Posted by James Hepburn on 22 May 2023 at 12:49 PM
The kindest thing you could say is that its pedestrian.
outraged individual
#3 Posted by outraged individual on 22 May 2023 at 13:48 PM
Rather a schizophrenic bunch
#4 Posted by Roddy_ on 22 May 2023 at 15:03 PM
Difficult to see past Kingston Street which offers up the delights of a blank wall of louvres to the street at ground floor (urban design 101) or the commodification and privatisation of public space (didn't we used to have public streets - Centre Street and Tradeston Street - all now within the private realm- or publicly accessible private space - much beloved in London, Liverpool or Salford). I believe the walkway at the Clyde is also now within Barclays redline boundary.
I guess the best that you can say of it is that it is marginally better than the IFSD in that there are some places to live but as for great urbanism or placemaking- no- sorry.Anyone that understands urbanism knows full well this is a travesty of good placemaking. No issue with the jobs and economic activity that this kind of thing brings but couldn't we have a great place with great streets and a great active waterfront too? Even the supposed thousands of new workers don't want to dwell in the exposed public spaces enveloped by non-active frontage. Especially nice is sitting in the landscaped plaza behind the main frontage and waiting for the thrum of the energy centre kicking in every 15minutes or so.
The word is that Barclays are on the lookout to acquire more of the hinterland of Tradeston - we cannot allow the same obvious defects to pass muster this time. And we need to broaden the discussion to include the City's inability -due to austerity- to adopt new public spaces .

That second image tells you what it really is - it wouldn't look out of place in an out-of-town office or science park development and it has that look of provincial ambition . Introspective, non-active, shrinking away from the edge and a poor form that does nothing to mitigate the prevailing winds that whistle down the Clyde corridor- quite the opposite. And all the Cor-ten or faux Cor-ten just won't fix it.
#5 Posted by MV on 22 May 2023 at 15:25 PM
It's all a bit STICKY-ON, isn't it? I love that its in use and it was brave investment and development. But the facades are definitely of the Disney Variety. There are issues at street level as discussed above too.

It probably tips into acceptable, on balance, but should have been much better. What bit is SB and what bit is HFM?
#6 Posted by pooka on 22 May 2023 at 15:39 PM
architectural integrity took a day off
Fat Bloke on Tour
#7 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 22 May 2023 at 16:23 PM
Interesting filler -- time will tell how it matures / delivers on all the PR hype.

Some elements look very forced / trying too hard.

Only issue going forward -- will it be a cathedral in the desert or will other developments attach themselves and re-energise the area?

Plenty of space to fill.
Roddy Jr.
#8 Posted by Roddy Jr. on 22 May 2023 at 17:57 PM
'Transformational for Glasgow
In Drum we trust !'

Here, here! Roddy. Well said.
#9 Posted by Ron on 22 May 2023 at 18:04 PM
First Class Development
Well done to all involved
A class act
#10 Posted by Tara on 22 May 2023 at 19:51 PM
I think this is actually quite good. Reminds me of some of the London Opportunity Areas. AT least its not the normal Glasgow attempt at river front urbanism - object buildings in a huge car park a la 1996. So good to see something happening here. It is long overdue. I think the buildings work well together and there is a clear street based approach.

I do feel sorry for the apartments as they have no balconies! I know it rains a lot, but still what a waste of a tower!
#11 Posted by Roddy_ on 22 May 2023 at 20:52 PM
How did they get away with this? City Design - any response?,-4.2603189,3a,52.2y,320.17h,98.09t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sSa_oonMES97oS9amP4xyug!2e0!!7i16384!8i8192?authuser=0

If this is what is in store for the rest of Tradeston we may as well all give up...
#12 Posted by Peter on 23 May 2023 at 08:41 AM
When built in 1996, as it supposed to, it'll already be marked for demolition and quality replacement. Quite provincial , out of town office park, look - fits like a glove in Glasgow. Light years behind the likes of Dusseldorf's Mediahafen or Lyon's Confluence (cities comparable in size). Looking forward to others jump the bandwagon in Tradeston though.
John Glenday
#13 Posted by John Glenday on 23 May 2023 at 15:53 PM
@11 I understand this issue was raised right from the beginning but the council had their backs to the wall, so to speak.
#14 Posted by Roddy_ on 23 May 2023 at 16:12 PM
@13 Shows that design governance (like many issues in planning) is only applied on a discretionary basis.We have a milk-and-water planning department.

If you have the money and the political backing you can pretty much get away with anything. And they did.

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