Stalled Glasgow Jumeriah vision makes way for 280,000sq/ft office block
February 27 2018six-star Jumeirah hotel development site on Glasgow’s Argyle Street is back in contention after being bought by Vanguard Real Estate to accommodate a 280,000sq/ft office block in response to occupier demand for grade A space.
The 0.79-acre city centre site, two blocks down from Central Station, is bounded by Robertson and York Street with Cooper Cromar tasked with working up designs for a headquarters development that would entail demolition of all existing properties.
Vanguard director Conor Osborne said: “We believe this is one of the best undeveloped opportunities in Scotland - and are looking forward to working with the council to deliver a forward-thinking office scheme. It will provide a competitive edge for the City, giving Glasgow a high-calibre development to attract blue-chip occupiers, and demonstrate the city is ready to support inward investment.
“As considerate developers, we fully appreciate the challenge of building within the city’s historic environment. Our team of professionals has been chosen for their skills in understanding such places and posing alternatives where we believe that these are justified. Our proposals will be explored fully by our team in their consultations with Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland and the wider city community.”
A community consultation is now underway to progress these early plans prior to submission of a full planning application in the spring, informed by a number of economic and heritage studies being conducted in tandem.
Vanguard have already served notice of their intent to demolish three ‘obsolete’ buildings on the site, including B and C-listed tenements classed as being in ‘fair’ condition on the Buildings at Risk Register.
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