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February 21 2019

Site clearance begins for giant Glasgow build-to-rent project

Moda Living has moved on-site with a major private rented sector development in Glasgow city centre with the commencement of demolition works at the former Strathclyde Police headquarters.

Holland Park will comprise 433 apartments designed by Haus-Collective arranged around the Pitt Street block in a series of buildings ranging in height from six to 22 storeys, incorporating landscaped roof gardens, communal lounges and amenity space.

Built in phases from 1924 the Pitt Street offices served as the headquarters of Strathclyde Police until the merger of all eight Scottish Police Forces in 2013.

Moda MD Tony Brooks commented: “With demolition works now underway we are one step closer to redeveloping this fantastic site into high-quality rental housing. As a long-term investor, owner and operator, we are here for the long-term with the aim of creating healthy, social, connected communities. We will continue to work with the city council to help shape plans, creating an iconic building of the future.”

Demolition work by Dem-Master is expected to conclude by the end of September with construction taking a further two and a half years.

A later extension dates from 1984
A later extension dates from 1984
The oldest section of the police hq dates from 1934
The oldest section of the police hq dates from 1934

5 Comments

Phil
#1 Posted by Phil on 22 Feb 2019 at 08:00 AM
Surely the original building must be listed ???
Sir Ano
#2 Posted by Sir Ano on 22 Feb 2019 at 10:19 AM
@ #1 Why?
RM Kartoffel
#3 Posted by RM Kartoffel on 23 Feb 2019 at 14:07 PM
A real shame. Both the 1930s section and in particular the 1980s extension are brilliant pieces of architecture in my view. I love the quasi brutalist look of the building and think it will be a real regret to replace it with an off the shelf grid box that seems to be all the rage just now. 80s architecture hasn't achieved its zenith in the public imagination yet and sadly, as with countless other styles before it, these buildings will be blown up only to be missed by nostalgic future generations.
Charlie_
#4 Posted by Charlie_ on 25 Feb 2019 at 13:44 PM
Its an absolute street killer of a building, even occupied the mirrored glass presented an enormous blank wall to pedestrians. I'll be surprised if anyone comes to rue the absense of this one.
parkguy
#5 Posted by parkguy on 27 Feb 2019 at 16:03 PM
I am trying to imagine what this mini forest of 22 storey towers may look like, over 3x the height of the existing building (?). Yes to more people living in the city centre indeed but not at this cost to architecture.

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