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G1 leisure group to move into former BBC Scotland HQ

November 17 2011

G1 leisure group to move into former BBC Scotland HQ
The former BBC Scotland HQ in Queen Margaret Drive in Glasgow is to be redeveloped as the head office for the G1 leisure group.

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.


The Observer
#1 Posted by The Observer on 17 Nov 2011 at 12:57 PM
Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

The evil G1 empire is trying to take over the West End.

King tried to turn the Botanic Gardens into one of his shady casino/burger/nightclub outfits a few years ago, now this?

#2 Posted by Chris on 17 Nov 2011 at 22:18 PM
It's a real shame it wasn't converted into a hotel as previously planned.
Ronnie Boumchenke
#3 Posted by Ronnie Boumchenke on 18 Nov 2011 at 11:57 AM
Aye........give it a year of ownership then his real plan will kick in
good stuff
#4 Posted by good stuff on 18 Nov 2011 at 13:21 PM
I think thiis a good thing. They employ good designers, and do excellent work with old buildings - see the Corinthian Club as a particular highlight. How can these guys, a Glasgow based company, buying an old building slowly falling into disrepair - and renovating it as their own offices - be anything other than better than most options???
#5 Posted by Matthew on 18 Nov 2011 at 14:04 PM
The Western Corinthian has a nice ring to it...
Freda Nelson
#6 Posted by Freda Nelson on 16 May 2013 at 11:28 AM
I belong to Glasgow. I live in Surrey.I want to
reside in this Botanic Gardens area.
When will the redevelopment of land take place
I was presented with a seat by my Glasgow family and it has been placed in Botanic Gardens. I long to walk there every day and sit on my seat as my Mother did when she was 80 years of age.

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