Duddingston House say show will go on
January 16 2009
The Saturday edition of the local rag ran with a sensationalist headline, “£80m Odeon plan is ditched”, emblazoned across the front page. But in actuality the art deco venue is still on track for a spectacular overhaul, from gm+ad architects, one that will redefine Glasgow city centre.
Hare has resigned himself to inaccurate media reports, saying: “They jump the gun, regurgitating old press releases. They won’t print a retraction of course.
“While times are difficult, I do remain positive. It’s a great design we have, Gordon and his team have put a lot of work into this.
“The biggest challenge now is the way you fund a project of this size, toward the end of the month we will be having a couple of meetings in London to that effect.”
Asked about the eyesore nature of the deteriorating cinema site Hare sympathised: “We can’t do any demolition of the brick part and fence it off because it’s a listed building. Historic Scotland is of the view that you can’t take a building down until contracts are in place to start construction and I agree.”
Duddingston House are unperturbed by a recession hit economy, seeing it as a return to the way things should be done. That is the construction of properly researched quality developments, a far cry from the froth of the bubble years.
Graven Images are working on a branding and marketing strategy for the ambitious plans, an announcement on which will be made when financing is secured.
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