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Savoy Centre facelift on the cards

April 8 2016

Savoy Centre facelift on the cards
Seymour Holdings, owner of Glasgow’s Savoy Centre, have drawn up plans to have the high-rise component of the sixties podium and tower stained black as part of efforts to attract tenants to the vacant office complex.

This will include the installation of new windows and an external plant screen to obscure updated mechanical services with interior spaces refitted by C2 Concepts to offer a ‘funky and modern environment’ for occupants.

In their design statement CDA Architects said: “There are a number of recent developments within Glasgow City’s skyline that have been clad in a dark material which also have a positive visual impact upon the city centre.

“The facade improvements to protect and stain the concrete of the Savoy Centre’s tower building will dramatically improve the overall appearance of this damp forgotten concrete building while sitting comfortably within the context of the city centre.”

A separate strategy is being devised for the podium element, currently used as a market hall, including façade treatments and internal configuration.

In 2009 previous owners PBN Property applied to reclad the tower as part of an ambitious skyscraper-led redevelopment of the block.
Interior spaces will also be given a polish
Interior spaces will also be given a polish
The tower is intended to blend in with Citizen M and 2 West regent Street
The tower is intended to blend in with Citizen M and 2 West regent Street


john russell
#1 Posted by john russell on 8 Apr 2016 at 15:00 PM
Why not knock it down, its an eyesore. And if it is nearly empty does that not tell the owners something
#2 Posted by Billy on 9 Apr 2016 at 07:57 AM
What happened to the bold designs of a few years ago? This monster of a building looks like something out of an eastern block country of 30 years ago. Cheap makeover will not hide this monstrosity or attract investment. Demolish the whole centre apart from the front facade. Glad I don't have to flog this dead horse. 30 years past its demolition date . It's owners should sell this prime site on to a new owner with a more ambitious project . And why black ? In a city with grey skies. Move away from black white and grey . Bit of colour in the city would be welcome.
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 9 Apr 2016 at 10:41 AM
To be fair, large parts of the south side of Renfrew St. seem to act as commercial delivery zones for the shops on Sauchiehall St. Not the most flattering place to showcase your new souped up cladding monstrosity
#4 Posted by Fraser on 9 Apr 2016 at 11:26 AM
I completely agree Bill. I believe that theose plans were shelved due to the property developer going bust. It woukld have been good to see it come to fruition, a proposal which had ambition and something that would break up the growing culture of new incibid and banal midrise office developments. I suppose it ties into the very contentious issue of taller developments on city centre sites. In this case however I believe it was needed to help revitalise the area. What a disaster.
Big Chantelle
#5 Posted by Big Chantelle on 11 Apr 2016 at 12:18 PM
Polishin a jobb....... is the phrase which cumes tae mind.

Staining concrete tae make it look better. lol.

Concrete modernists monstrosity. It's an anti-human building devoid ae any redeeming qualities imposed ontae the people ae Glesga against thur will. It's an abomination.
A Local Pleb
#6 Posted by A Local Pleb on 11 Apr 2016 at 13:51 PM
For once I'd say spot on Big Chantelle
#7 Posted by Terra on 13 Apr 2016 at 19:44 PM
Totally agree with Big Chantelle. It's a horrible building. This mutton-dressed-as-lamb idea is only delaying the inevitable. This will be demolished at some point, like most of the rest of the mid-twentieth century brutalist monstrosities erected all over the U.K.
Angus Dick
#8 Posted by Angus Dick on 25 May 2018 at 10:55 AM
Please PLEASE! Someone see some sense and get RID of this blight on the landscape. Glasgow saw a group of menace "Planners" at the time this thing was approved and built alongside the demolition of some beautiful buildings like the Grand Hotel, Charing Cross!

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