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July 17 2013

BDP's Innovo reaches external completion
Construction of BDP’s Innovo has hit a significant milestone with completion of its stone and glass façade of the office building, which will serve as a conduit between renewable energy companies and Strathclyde University.

Funded and delivered by Scottish Enterprise the scheme forms part of a £100m investment in the International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone, which bounds George Street and High Street in Glasgow city centre.

Sited immediately adjacent to its bigger brother,  the Technology and Innovation Centre which is itself in the early stages of construction, the building will act as a bookend with neighbouring homes and provide a landscape buffer between the street and campus.

A diagonal pedestrian link, to be named New Street, will scythe through the site in order to interlink a series of outdoor spaces.

Full completion is penciled in for September.
The IEB will enable companies to co-locate with Strathclyde University
The IEB will enable companies to co-locate with Strathclyde University
The Merchant City campus will shift Glasgow's centre of gravity eastward
The Merchant City campus will shift Glasgow's centre of gravity eastward

7 Comments

wonky
#1 Posted by wonky on 17 Jul 2013 at 15:24 PM
This project is positive on so many fronts; economically, culturally, environmentally, architecturally and in the immediate public. It certainly increases the urban mass of George Street and Ingram Street- this is a long neglected spot, despite Ingram Streets status as Glasgows greatest architectural thoroughfare- am I right in saying there will be a public square central to the development? If so, then the more chill out lunch break kinda areas we have in the city the better- the existing public realm landscaping looks pretty impressive, so I'm optimistic the finish will be of a high quality.
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 17 Jul 2013 at 15:46 PM
"A diagonal pedestrian link, to be named New Street" - UR, are you sure that isn't just the label on the planning drawings? I'm sure Strathclyde and GCC can come up with something a little more imaginitive...
Brian
#3 Posted by Brian on 18 Jul 2013 at 15:15 PM
It will be good for High st as well some little shops that are there could do with more footfall,Just a shame they are going to pull down the college bar and the little victirian ornate red sandstone building next to college bar,It would make a really nice cafe bar or just cafe,More needs to be done for high st /saltmarket.Im glad the TIC is attracting good jobs.
D
#4 Posted by D on 19 Jul 2013 at 08:53 AM
This site was the case study for my Urban Design course at Strathclyde Uni in 2000. Pleasing to see something finally getting done on the site, even if my plans for a translucent cantilevered first storey skate park between the herald building and a new building fronting George Street were sadly overlooked.
wonky
#5 Posted by wonky on 19 Jul 2013 at 11:49 AM
Brian I think it might be the Holyrood Art Gallery on the High Street junction and the Old College Bar that are for demolition- the red sandstone building you mentioned is a category B listed; unlikely to be a candidate for the old chain and ball- in saying that, this is Glasgow after all and nothing would come as a surprise.
Brian
#6 Posted by Brian on 19 Jul 2013 at 15:11 PM
Hi wonky.Yes i hope it escapes the bulldozers,it was just something someone said on another site.he took a photo of it as it was coming down!prob just rumours.i hope so.
Renzo Koolhaas
#7 Posted by Renzo Koolhaas on 19 Jul 2013 at 23:54 PM
More pointless wonky window nonsense masquerading as architecture. Far too many lazy designers out there!

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