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November 17 2016

B-listed Merchant City building to be transformed into small business hub
A B-listed former garment factory on Glasgow’s Ingram Street is to be sympathetically restored to provide modern office accommodation following the award of a £5m fit-out contract to ISG.    

This will see a new office entrance created off Montrose Street incorporating the existing loading bay doors with new retail and restaurant spaces inserted at ground floor. A covered arcade will also be created by pulling back a glazed screen behind the original façade, helping to address a change in level from the street to ground floor.

Forming part of a general overhaul of the building structure drawn up by Morgan McDonnell Architects this will see unsympathetic later additions stripped back and reinstatement of period features such as a grand staircase.

Six floors of open-plan offices will be fashioned on upper levels, designed to appeal to a range of technology, creative and start-up businesses by employing an ‘industrial’ aesthetic harking back to the buildings creation.

A feature will be made of cast iron columns with services left exposed to lay bare the original building fabric.
Street level interaction will be enhanced with new ground floor uses
Street level interaction will be enhanced with new ground floor uses

3 Comments

Terra
#1 Posted by Terra on 18 Nov 2016 at 09:58 AM
Excellent. It's always heartening to see a tasteful restoration of an historical building. Classy. Glasgow has so many beautiful Georgian/Victorian buildings, fundamental to the city's character, in need of restoring; keep it up Glasgow!
Billy
#2 Posted by Billy on 18 Nov 2016 at 11:45 AM
Yeah. Like the look of this. Just love the old buildings. They have a warmth about them that is lacking in today's glass boxes. Hope more will follow.
Gregor
#3 Posted by Gregor on 28 Mar 2017 at 15:42 PM
I worked in this building for 20 years before it closed for the refurb - great to see it being brought back to life.

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