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Shawfield office pioneer heralds wider regeneration

December 4 2018

Shawfield office pioneer heralds wider regeneration

Clyde Gateway have taken possession of a 40,000sq/ft office building, first phase of the wider Magenta Office Park in Shawfield, Rutherglen, following its handover by Robertson.

Construction has been underway since April last year on Red Tree Magenta in order to provide flexible office accommodation for small and medium size businesses, spearheading the expected delivery of a further 1.2m sq/ft of space across the 27 acre site.

The three storey build has been designed by Norr and includes external garden terraces to promote mental wellbeing and collaboration.

Ed Parry, managing director, Robertson Central West, said: “This is a crucial element of the wider regeneration of the Shawfield area and will make a significant difference to local people and businesses.

“The building itself is of the highest quality and a shining example of a modern working environment that prioritises the wellbeing of its tenants.”

Magenta is the third Red Tree incubator to be built by Clyde Gateway, echoing similar projects in Rutherglen and Bridgeton.

Modern office space is being offered to a variety of tenants
Modern office space is being offered to a variety of tenants


Sir Ano
#1 Posted by Sir Ano on 4 Dec 2018 at 11:06 AM
Turns out you can polish a turd.
#2 Posted by BrandWagon on 4 Dec 2018 at 11:52 AM
Well it certainly is shiny. Pioneer? really?..
#3 Posted by David on 4 Dec 2018 at 13:30 PM
Love it!
Shiny Beast
#4 Posted by Shiny Beast on 4 Dec 2018 at 14:13 PM
Couple of corrections required: its' 4 storeys plus a top floor plantroom storey and it's only a 'pioneer' because it's the first one on the Masterplan site.
It may be the colour of a shiny turd but that's where the excreta comparisons end
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 4 Dec 2018 at 15:10 PM
Public money supporting city-centre sucking private car dependent sprawl.
naughty but nice
#6 Posted by naughty but nice on 4 Dec 2018 at 15:58 PM
One of the best things since sliced bread.

#5 I wonder if you were in the same English class as fbot? Verbs and nouns all used as adjectives? Nightmare! ;-)
Excreta gratis
#7 Posted by Excreta gratis on 4 Dec 2018 at 16:35 PM
This will have bugg4r all positive impact on local people and business....what local people?
Utter tripe chat as per the norm, spouted by the usual self congratulating development bores...
It's a big horrid shiny turd sitting in a sea of parking and resultant 'landscaped' space.
Let's conduct a wellness survey in 5 years to see if the physical and mental health of its occupants has been enhanced by working in such a dreadfully dull, car dependant box.
#8 Posted by errr.... on 4 Dec 2018 at 17:31 PM
#5 It's 10 minutes walk from Dalmarnock Station and there is a bus stop at the front door.
A brownfield site, in an area well within the city limits. Part of a regeneration plan to actually help heal some of the wounds caused by said sprawl.
Aye it's a manky brown, but the area needs good offices to provide good jobs to make it good.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#9 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 5 Dec 2018 at 11:15 AM
Filler at best -- a bit on the small side given the potential of its location. Hopefully progress will be sustained -- if not this building will end up as a cathedral in the desert.

One element needing work is low level connectivity -- walking routes completed / connected using the same standard as the new walkways and paths in the area.

Pretty basic stuff but Glesga is littered with half finished improvements that have been forgotten about as the next new shiny project comes into view.
W. Lindsay
#10 Posted by W. Lindsay on 5 Dec 2018 at 21:19 PM
It’s a pity a decent website attracts over 90% negative and usually inane comments. Do any of the pen-named authors have anything inspirational or award winning to show how much better they are than the subjects of their tripe? I’ll give up reading this. Over to you people, if you’re not typing one-liners on social meeja ....
Sir Ano
#11 Posted by Sir Ano on 6 Dec 2018 at 09:12 AM
welcome to the world W.Lindsay
Fat Bloke on Tour
#12 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 6 Dec 2018 at 12:31 PM
Primary issue of this development is the economic activity that will happen within the building.

The aesthetics of the development are the free lunch that comes with good design rather than faddist nonsense that has been phoned in by the office junior and will date from the off.

The design under discussion has some depth and presence as befits its pathfinder status so it offers hope for the future. However it needs completion around it rather than plaudits for its individual merits to make it a success.

Consequently it is only one block in a very big picture. The landscaping looks poor and links need to be completed.

Too repeat the main issue is economic activity to fill up the rest of the site. Better low cost offices be built on brownfield sites within existing urban areas -- filling in gaps as they go -- than being built on greenfield sites on the periphery.

So to me it is much needed filler and quite good filler at that.
boaby wan
#13 Posted by boaby wan on 6 Dec 2018 at 14:59 PM
W.Lindsay, can you please advise on why you feel that something can only be critiqued by someone who as to published their cv before their comments are validated? Are you offering up the service of checker for the site? please first publish your credentials for being able to undertake this role....

It's the internet, anyone from any background can pass comment on a building on this site, we don't really need an enforcer who decides which comments are valid based on the architectural achievements of a poster - I wonder if you read any architectural magazines? do you discount the writing of any critic who doesn't meet your architectural award winning requirements?
#14 Posted by Billy on 10 Dec 2018 at 10:25 AM
It’s hard not to be negative when so many of the new projects are not easy on the eye and are all very similar. I understand there is a business need and that the building must be functional but we live in a world where we judge by looks and first impression be it homes, business premises or people. I would think that most employers would like a balance between functionality, location, cost and appearance of the building which showcases their business. I get frustrated when I see other cities building higher and using colours more and different shapes. A city with grey skies for most of the year does not need more dark exteriors and mirrored windows to reflect grey skies. With so many new builds looking similar the one I am likely to remember is the one that dares to be different and catches my attention. I then notice the business that operates from the building. Free advertising especially when people talk of the building in conversation.
#15 Posted by Clive on 17 Jan 2019 at 03:37 AM
I, for one, would be delighted to work in a place like this. Converted townhouses in the city are all well and good, but high quality purpose-built facilities are necessary for much business activity. The first one on site will always stand alone. Hope it has neebs soon!

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