G1 leisure group to move into former BBC Scotland HQ
November 17 2011
The sale of the landmark building in Queen Margaret Drive has been agreed for an undisclosed sum after rumours circulated about the company's interest in June.
BBC Scotland left the premises, which it had occupied since 1936, four years ago to move to Pacific Quay on the south side of the River Clyde.
It is understood that the BBC sold the building to developers for £18million.
G1 is the leisure, nightclub, restaurant and casino empire built up over 20 years by Stefan King.
After recent rapid expansion, it is moving 100 headquarters staff from Glasgow's Merchant City to the former BBC building in the city's west end.
Group Operations Director, David McDowall commented “The prospect of G1 being based in a building with such a creative history is extremely exciting.
"Everyone in the team is looking forward to working in such a stimulating environment and genuinely feels that the building and location reflects the ethos of our steadily growing company and our ambition to remain at the cutting edge of the hospitality industry in Scotland.”
G1 uses its own in-house team of architects. The company will also work with Graven Images on the interior of the building.
Most of the former BBC site at Queen Margaret Drive HQ was demolished but the original building was retained.
The large neighbouring gap site remains for further residential re-development.
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