Newsletter - Links - Advertise - Contact Us - Privacy

St Vincent Plaza plans unveiled

November 22 2011

St Vincent Plaza plans unveiled
Keppie have submitted plans to develop 170,000sq/ft of Grade A speculative office space on Glasgow’s premier office address, St Vincent Street.

Proposed by Abstract (Glasgow) Ltd the £60m scheme will comprise a ten storey tower designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards. It will also incorporate an internet shopping hub and café.

Keppie Director Richard MacDonald said:  “We have created an elegant building envelope design that minimises heat gain and maximises daylight.   Other features will include the repair of a vital part of Glasgow’s urban fabric with the formation of a new pedestrian route linking St Vincent Street to the William Street hotel quarter.”

Abstract’s Development Director, Christopher McPherson, said: “St Vincent Plaza has been designed with a level of specification you rarely see outside London.   It will have flexible, virtually column free floor plates of 17,000 sq. ft, a feature penthouse with terrace and some of the best views of the city. 

“This will be the most efficient and environmentally friendly office accommodation in Glasgow and will be delivered into a market where available ‘Grade A’ supply has all but disappeared.”

Subject to approval the scheme is scheduled to start on site in the spring and complete by the third quarter of 2013.

Bowmer and Kirkland has been appointed contractor.


#1 Posted by gg on 22 Nov 2011 at 10:18 AM
What on earth is an "internet shopping hub"?
#2 Posted by hh on 22 Nov 2011 at 11:36 AM
An "internet shopping hub" is a computer. So the building will obviously incorporate a computer.
tony malley
#3 Posted by tony malley on 22 Nov 2011 at 13:34 PM
An internet shopping hub is called the home.That is the whole point of it I do believe.
Auntie Nairn
#4 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 22 Nov 2011 at 14:17 PM
Good old Keppies - reliably jumping on the latest design bandwagon just as everyone else is moving on to something else.
#5 Posted by Stuart on 22 Nov 2011 at 14:27 PM
Is there another practice anywhere that has squandred more opportunities in its 100 year history? I particularly like the cantilevered floating corner
kevin toner
#6 Posted by kevin toner on 22 Nov 2011 at 15:23 PM

A slab block that may have to remain nameless - or should an architectural identity be required on such a prime site as per nearly every other building surrounding it!

This is no ‘object building’ or rustic hut.

One of the consolations of the M8 ripping through here is that a fringe of object buildings, love or loath them, have continued to proliferate in response. This large scale legibility incidentally and aptly respects its interwoven historic counterparts from the warehouses in the south at the Kingston Bridge to the Mitchell Library in the north, with an array of impressive churches in-between not least one of the world’s most renowned as the second building up from this proposal on the same street by Greek Thomson, which all signpost and remind us that this legibility (of like-minded ‘object buildings’ along this stretch) is nothing new.

However, the above proposal in bringing together different technological trends side by side makes for a glossy architectural brochure, but turns its back on the unique aforementioned urban significance (i.e. as first heralded by the grids coming together followed by object buildings).

Basically, it has the guise of four different buildings on each face, each with different wallpapers – notwithstanding surefootedness towards the environmental consideration of ‘aspect’.

I like the product, not the disrespect to the site.
david nimmo
#7 Posted by david nimmo on 22 Nov 2011 at 17:26 PM
It is a huge pity that the Cooper Cromar tower never got built on the opposite side of the road.

I see that the photoshoppers still managed to squeeze in a nice Porsche Carrera.
#8 Posted by Charles on 22 Nov 2011 at 17:27 PM
Interesting, always wondered if this site would be developed one day, however it now means that the former Livingwell/ banantynes health club will now be removed and consigned to the history books after its rather untimely demise in 2009.
With the involvement of B+K this would lead me to believe they are offering funding and finances to get the project moving.
#9 Posted by ii on 22 Nov 2011 at 19:54 PM
I can't stop laughing at "internet shopping hub"...
Frank Lloyd Wrong
#10 Posted by Frank Lloyd Wrong on 23 Nov 2011 at 09:35 AM
Still depresses me how quick architects are to jump on the bandwagon in berating others' work. This is a thought solution which responds well to its context. Like most developments of this scale and complexity, it's been a long time in the making and with a lot of constraints from the client and local authority.

Little wonder that clients, property developers, statutory bodies and the public in general are losing faith in a profession that is so quick to stab each other in the back in an effort to try and make themselves feel superior.
#11 Posted by Stuart on 23 Nov 2011 at 10:15 AM
No its not it's a feckin disaster, nothing to do with stabbing in the back. It's awful, frankly
Craig D
#12 Posted by Craig D on 23 Nov 2011 at 11:50 AM
#5 Mackintosh was their last designer architect. I don't really have a problem with Keppie at the moment at least they are keeping people employed but I just wish they would get some good or even half decent designers on board.
#13 Posted by James on 23 Nov 2011 at 12:37 PM
Frankly , this is simply a copycat "box". Its got the "usual" go anywhere architecture and hit and miss staggered windows which every single new office and housing block seems to copy. At least the Cooper Cromar Elphinstone tower , had it actually happened , would have provided some real identity to this important corner.This building does absolutely nothing whatosever to contribute to the street scene.Just boasting it is to BREEAM excellent standard dooes'nt disguise the fact it is a very characterless box , however much you try to dress it up in mirrored glass.
The City Plan makes clear it seeks landmark buildings and is prepared to accept tall buildings along the M8 edge.This is neither. The Planning authority should send them back to the drawingboard .Edinburgh seems to do that with unfailing regularity.It is for Joe Public to decide if they finally get better results.
keith cunningham
#14 Posted by keith cunningham on 23 Nov 2011 at 12:47 PM
frank lloyd wrong!!!!! if the proposal responds to its context, can someone explain the rational behind the `usual` staggered mullions? This form now appears on every building wherever it is!! keppies should know better than anyone. ` There is truth in honest error etc etc`
#15 Posted by Stuart on 23 Nov 2011 at 13:23 PM
The problem is that there is so much unjustified critisism on various websites that when something this bad and also the sheds at the Broomielaw get the panning they fully deserve it gets lost and is easier to dismiss.
The other Kevin Toner
#16 Posted by The other Kevin Toner on 23 Nov 2011 at 13:33 PM
For clarification, the architect Kevin Toner, who contributed the comments above, is NOT the business development Kevin Toner employed by Keppie Design.
Christine Lagarde
#17 Posted by Christine Lagarde on 23 Nov 2011 at 13:51 PM
Congratulations to Keppie Design! It might be the last new Office block in Glasgow for a decade! after the collapse of the Euro, Sacre bleu!
No such luck
#18 Posted by No such luck on 23 Nov 2011 at 14:30 PM
and commiserations to the rest of us who will have to look at it for the next fifty. Merde
david nimmo
#19 Posted by david nimmo on 28 Nov 2011 at 17:15 PM
Keep your hair on Frank! It's only architects that read this and no-one else could care less what is said, Keppies particularly,so people may as well let off steam.
Don C
#20 Posted by Don C on 6 Feb 2012 at 17:27 PM
I've got to agree with the general sentiment here. I'm not an architect, but I agree that this displays very little imagination whatsoever.

The site demands far better, and while we should all be happy in this day and age, to see new projects of this scale getting the go ahead, it's another disappointing photocopy of a 00s modern city block, which will date very quickly.

Post your comments


All comments are pre-moderated and
must obey our house rules.


Back to November 2011

Search News
Subscribe to Urban Realm Magazine
Features & Reports
For more information from the industry visit our Features & Reports section.