Enhanced Queen Street Station development given £80m investment boost

Another £80 million is set to be invested into new plans being taken forward for the regeneration of Queen Street Station in Glasgow.

Working in partnership with various stakeholders, Scottish Ministers have decided to progress a greatly enhanced development at the North Hanover Street car park site of the station.

The new plans include extensive retail, food and beverage opportunities, and will also deliver a development deck upon which further private sector investment can be taken forward.

Unveiling the alternative plans to the public, transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “The new proposal will help deliver a 21st century station acting as a catalyst for further private sector investment. Alongside the redevelopment of Queen Street station being delivered as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) this will see a significant improvement to the overall passenger experience and deliver significant economic benefits to the city.”

Queen Street Station has been undergoing a £100m makeover since last August.

The redevelopment of Queen Street is part of the wider Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme, a Scottish Government investment in the central belt’s rail infrastructure, and is being delivered by Network Rail.

It will mean an increase in capacity for the station and space for longer trains, so more passengers can travel with ease.

The new below-deck development will provide around 3,800 square metres for such facilities, in comparison to the 500 square metres which would have been provided by the partially constructed project. The layout of the retail, food and beverage outlets will be largely in accordance with previously consented plans.

Projected rental income from the revised plan sees a potential increase from circa £370k with the original proposal per annum to £2.2 million – £2.7 million per annum.

Works continue on redeveloping the main station building as part of the EGIP with the recent commencement of the main demolition works of Consort House which is needed to make space for the new Queen Street station frontage.

The revised plan, whilst not part of EGIP, will have no detrimental impact on the delivery of the EGIP key milestones.

Alex Hynes, ScotRail Alliance managing director, said: “We look forward to working with the Scottish Government, and other commercial partners, on this ambitious vision for Queen Street. We’re building the best railway Scotland has ever had and these plans will deliver an exciting new development for our customers and the people of Glasgow.

“The station is currently being transformed to allow new longer, faster and greener electric trains to run on our railway and the plans announced today will help to ensure Queen Street continues to play a central role in the social and economic life of the city.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, added: “The revised plans for Queen Street Station will deliver far greater local economic benefit, securing the full potential of the site and will provide significant employment opportunities once the development deck has been fully delivered. The redevelopment will both give the station a retail offer befitting one of Scotland’s busiest transport hubs and provide a striking entry into the city for travellers coming to Glasgow.”

Green light for 156 new homes in Pollokshaws

CCG (Scotland) Ltd has been given planning approval to build 156 contemporary, energy-efficient homes in Glasgow’s south side.

To be delivered by CCG Homes, Riverford Gardens will offer a range of exclusive properties in a highly desirable location on Riverford Road in Pollokshaws.

Planning approval has been granted by Glasgow City Council for 40 three and four-bedroom townhouses, 12 three-bedroom semi-detached houses and 104 one and two-bedroom flats. The site is bound by views of the White Cart River and is complete with public green space and is adjacent to local amenities and transport links.

Calum Murray, director of CCG, said: “CCG has significant experience and expertise in housebuilding. Across Glasgow we have delivered award-winning developments in affordable housing as well as a series of luxury developments in Glasgow’s west end.

“These credentials have given us the confidence in the market to re-launch CCG Homes brand and the development at Riverford Gardens which will be one of the largest private housing developments in Glasgow. With a range of house types and a contemporary design, we are confident this development will be a success and one that the market eagerly awaits.”

CCG is set to begin full construction works this spring.

Work to begin on speculative office development with Scotland’s first cycle-in access ramp


On-site work on the first speculative office building in Glasgow since 2015 is to commence this month.

Real estate investment platform FORE Partnership said its 94,000 sq.ft. city centre development will be Glasgow’s most sustainable building when completed in 2020.

Named Cadworks, the sole fully speculative ‘Grade A’ building in the Glasgow pipeline will offer the very highest level of sustainability, with expansive 10,000 sq. ft. floorplates, virtually column-free office accommodation, animated ground/first floors, best-in-class changing facilities and a wide range of occupier services.

The building replaces traditional underground car parking with high spec cycle, fitness and shower facilities, accessed by the city’s first cycle-in ramp. Cadworks will link with many of the city’s existing and new cycle routes to the city centre and have the highest cycling ratio in Glasgow with 108 cycle racks.

In addition to the focus on carbon reduction, FORE said that Cadworks is zeroing in on community values and social awareness. Initiatives will notably include partnerships with Glasgow’s Universities and empowering social enterprises throughout the construction phase to foster local employment. Cadworks aims to achieve the top ‘Well’ certification and highest connectivity standards, targeting WiredScored ‘Platinum’ accreditation.

FORE managing partner, Basil Demeroutis, said: “Cadworks will be our flagship Scottish development and, as with our other buildings across Europe, we will deliver the highest quality space possible whilst refusing to compromise on our absolute values of ethical investment, sustainable development and, social responsibility.

“Our way of working represents a sea change in how development across the world needs to happen. We have a collective responsibility to build and operate buildings in a way that protects our built and natural environments as well as serves our communities. We have to prove that we are able to bring the best possible products to market, responsibly.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and city convener for inclusive economic growth, added: “The creation of the Grade A Cadworks building is great news for Glasgow’s economy, and I look forward to work beginning later this month. This is set to be an outstanding building, with the highest sustainability standards and services that will attract investment from international companies looking to locate in the city. The development will bring many new jobs during and after construction and help to deliver the inclusive economic growth that we aim for in Glasgow, and it is very pleasing to see the involvement of local social enterprises to ensure access to employment opportunities.”

FORE has signed agreements with Central Demolition to start demolition in March 2018 and will be going to market with the construction works shortly. Committed financing has recently been secured, making the project fully financed and ready to be taken forward.

The development is being jointly marketed by GVA, Ryden and Savills.

Canmoor snaps up Westway Park in Glasgow from administrators

Developer and asset manager Canmoor has outlined “substantial investment” plans for Scotland’s largest fully enclosed industrial park after it completed the acquisition of the site for £40 million.

The 135-acre self-contained Westway Park in Glasgow is home to numerous national and international businesses including engineering firm Doosan Babcock.

Asset manager and developer in the warehouse and business space sectors, Canmoor has an existing portfolio of 14,000,000 sq ft and developments totalling 4,000,000 sq ft.

Tom White, director at Canmoor, said: “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Westway Park and are excited to be part of the next phase of its development. We intend to work closely with current and new occupiers to deliver fit for purpose warehouse, manufacturing and business space. The existing buildings have real rarity value through their high eaves, heavy cranage and large power capacity and through our refurbishment programme we aim to take advantage of these attributes, to attract new occupiers.

“We are also excited that Westway Park will play a key part of the Renfrewshire City Deal Project, including the recently announced National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland and the development of a new bridge over the River Cart, linking Westway with Glasgow Airport. This marks the start of an exciting new chapter.”

Brodies LLP and JLL represented Canmoor.

Plans approved for 433-home build to rent development at former Glasgow police HQ

Private rented housing developer Moda has secured planning permission to transform the old Strathclyde Police headquarters in Glasgow into a ‘build-to-rent neighbourhood’.

Under plans approved by Glasgow City Council, Holland Park – named after the grand hotel-style lobby that will sit on Holland Street – will offer 433 high-tech homes designed exclusively for rent, as well as 45,000 sq. ft. of amenity space that all residents will have access to.

To be developed in a joint venture with real estate investment management firm Apache Capital Partners, the £120 million scheme will start on-site later this year, with the first homes available in 2022.

The application was the subject of extensive consultation including a two-day public extension and received no objections.

The plans received a glowing endorsement from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, which said the “design proposals are of an exceptional quality, and will provide vitality and vibrancy to this part of the city which is in urgent need of investment”.

Designed by Glasgow architects HAUS-Collective, the 433 homes will spread across four buildings set around a new public courtyard, ranging from 6-22 storeys in height, complementing the existing city skyline. All the apartments, which will be a mix of studios, one, two, and three-beds, will be digitally-enabled and collectively house a community of nearly 1000 people.

As with all Moda and Apache Capital JV developments, Holland Park will boast a range of on-site amenities, with a total 45,000 sq. ft. of dedicated communal space being provided, including residents’ lounges, virtual sports simulators, health and wellness zones, landscaped roof gardens, with stunning views of Glasgow and indoor/outdoor BBQ areas. Moda is also looking to work closely with Glasgow City Council to improve the surrounding public realm and install new green infrastructure.

Professional on-site management in the form of a 24-hour concierge service will be provided, while a bespoke MyModa app will allow Moda customers to do everything from report a fault to organising events, letting friends in manage their rental account or even order an Uber.

Moda said that “long-term family-friendly tenancies” will also be offered, with the firm wanting to transform renting into a genuine alternative to homeownership.

Tony Brooks, managing director at Moda, said: “Securing planning permission for Holland Park is a real milestone for the business, and puts us one step closer to creating the UK’s leading lifestyle property brand. The absence of objections during the consultation and state of support from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is a real testament to the strength of the Moda and Apache Capital model, which will offer renters in the city an experience far above and beyond what is already available.”

Richard Jackson, co-founder and managing director of Apache Capital Partners, said: “We are delighted to have successfully secured our planning application for the complete regeneration of the old Metropolitan Police Headquarters, our first planning consent in Scotland. The across the board support we have received from both central and local government has been critical in delivering this consent and a great endorsement of our landmark scheme. Holland Park’s stunning design and facilities will transform the local rental market in Glasgow, whilst helping to breathe new life into the surrounding neighbourhood.”

Councillor Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, added: “We welcome this development of high-quality new homes to Glasgow. It will be attractive to the increasing number of people who want to live and work at the centre of Scotland’s metropolitan area. Holland Park complements plans for more housing investment in and around our city centre and supports the key aim of the council’s Housing Strategy in terms of ensuring access to good quality homes.”

HLM programme ensures skillset success for Glasgow apprentice

Shannon Glen

Design and architecture company HLM has provided Glasgow resident Shannon Glen with an apprenticeship experience through Glasgow Guarantee.

Having joined HLM as a receptionist, Shannon entered the architecture and design firm seeking work, opening up new opportunities to grow her career.

With a spotlight on apprenticeships during last week’s National Apprenticeship Week, HLM wishes to demonstrate the importance of apprenticeships and the impact of further education training. As the number of students attending further education colleges is decreasing, HLM is supporting Shannon by providing training so she can develop skills while she is working. The apprenticeship demonstrates the value that apprenticeships can provide for both employer and employee.

The work Shannon has been entrusted with at HLM as provided her with the experience of working in a fast-paced business environment and also the core skills necessary in order to achieve personal success.

As part of her apprenticeship with HLM, Shannon is completing a qualification course to achieve a SCQF Level 6 Diploma in Digital Application Support. Accompanied by two weeks of intensive training in a training centre, Shannon is being continually equipped to successfully and confidently move through the workforce.

Shannon continually draws on practical examples of the work she does on a daily basis to complete her course units and achieve success. Coupling this qualification with the rich hands-on experience she has received in the HLM Glasgow studio will enrich Shannon’s skillset.

Shannon praised the opportunities of her placement: “Working at HLM has provided me with a wealth of experiences that have kick-started my career. During my time here I have been equipped with a strong skillset that will allow me to confidently strive within the architecture world. Being supported by HLM throughout my course training has given me an exceptional support system and wealth of knowledge and experience to learn from. I’m looking forward to my bright future with HLM and its team here in Glasgow.”

Lorraine Robertson, who heads up HLM Scotland, said: “We understand how difficult the job market can be for young people. Shannon joining the HLM team has given us the opportunity to provide her with the skills and experience that are necessary to compete in today’s job market. We have been continually impressed with her enthusiasm and talent. We are delighted to have Shannon as part of our team.

“At HLM, people development is at the heart of everything we do. We do this through the HLM Academy, a programme of excellence which helps employees reach their potential through modules, webinars, coaching, graduate programmes and on-the-job structured training.”

HLM’s Glasgow studio has been recognised for its commitment to training and development. The company won the prestigious People Development award at the Glasgow Business Awards 2017.

£130m worth of public realm contracts up for grabs in Glasgow

The procurement process for Glasgow City Region City Deal public realm infrastructure projects contracts in Glasgow worth up to £130 million is now underway, with individual contracts anticipated to range in value from £5m-£20m.

Glasgow City Council will be seeking main contractors that can deliver all elements required for the construction, repair and maintenance of public realm schemes, including:

  • Construction, repair and maintenance of high-quality natural stone surfaces, street furniture and decorative items
  • Carriageway and Footway construction, reconstruction and resurfacing
  • Water-sensitive Urban Design, including rain gardens and planting beds as part of water surface drainage schemes, as well as drainage and associated work
  • Street Lighting
  • In-situ Recycling
  • Earthworks and Remediation
  • Green infrastructure

A framework for the procurement process will be developed, with a projected award of suppliers to this framework around the end of 2018. Further opportunities for specific contract awards will begin in early 2019, continuing for a four-year period thereafter.

Both the establishment of the framework and further mini-competitions off this framework will be conducted via the Public Contracts Scotland portal.

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the Glasgow City Region city cabinet, said: “These contracts are for work that will transform areas in Glasgow, and will bring economic, environmental and social benefits for the city. I would encourage businesses and organisations – including local ones – of any size who feel they could deliver this work to make their interest known.”

Further information on these public realm infrastructure contracts can be found here.

As part of the procurement process, organisations interested in bidding for a contract will be asked to participate in a market engagement questionnaire that will inform the development of the procurement framework for these works.

Details of upcoming City Deal contracts, values and anticipated timescales are available to view on the Procurement area of the Glasgow City Region City Deal website. These may be subject to change and will continue to be updated.

Millar & Bryce opens new Glasgow base

Debbie Welch & Richard Hepburn

Land and property search firm Millar & Bryce has opened a new office in Central Glasgow to support its expansion plans and continued development in the West of Scotland.

Headed by new sales & marketing director Debbie Welch, the Glasgow office is the company’s first location outside of its native Leith, where its search facility has operated since 1875.

The new branch will build the firm’s presence and customer base in Glasgow and the West, whilst allowing the company to more effectively deliver top-tier training, CPD and new product introductions to the market.

Managing director Richard Hepburn said: “The new Glasgow office is the next step in ensuring the future growth of Millar & Bryce, and is a significant milestone after more than 140 years of operation in the east. Our presence in the west will give potential clients an independent choice as we are not tied to any large Estate Agency groups, whilst also providing a focal point for other Landmark Group businesses in serving Scotland’s largest market.

“The appointment of our new Sales & Marketing Director is also an important strategic development, and Debbie will play an instrumental role in spearheading operations from our Glasgow base.  This commitment supports our ambitious plans to grow and develop our range of services, and we look forward to engaging further with our client base across the country as well as improving our footprint in the West of Scotland.”

Established in 1875, Millar & Bryce has been supporting the legal profession for over 140 years providing title information, conveyancing searches and land reference services across the UK and Ireland.

Keppie-designed mental health facility in north Glasgow submitted for planning

Keppie Design has submitted detailed proposals for a mental health estate in north Glasgow.

The project for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde comprises a new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) and Hospital Based Complex Clinical Care Unit (CCC) in the grounds of Stobhill Hospital.

Appointed by hub West Scotland to deliver the development, Keppie said the prominence of the site affords great opportunities for the design of the new units to become a positive, welcoming and therapeutic addition to the campus, instead of being hidden away like so many mental health facilities.

The practice added: “The aim of the design is to exploit the surrounding context and focus on connection with outside space. The overriding design driver is to facilitate key stakeholder requirements such as a feeling of openness and light throughout the facility, views of green space and easy, safe access to therapeutic external spaces. A strong visual connection is created with the existing listed Water Tower – the main orientation and focal point on site.”

Andrew Baillie from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “I am delighted that we have reached this landmark stage for this new mental health facility on the Stobhill Campus, by our development partner hub West Scotland and their architect Keppie Design. This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Glasgow who require continuing mental health care.”

Ian Marley, CEO of hub West Scotland, added: “The standard of our health projects is extremely high with 14 industry awards accrued to date. This complex project is no exception comprising of two bespoke designed buildings to meet different challenges that sit together harmoniously on one site. We are proud of the quality and functionality of the designs.”

Keppie is providing architecture and interior design, while mechanical and electrical design is by RSP, structural design is by BakerHicks and Austin Smith-Lord is on landscape design. Armours are the project’s cost consultants while BAM Construction is the appointed contractor

The project is expected to be complete by March 2020.

£40m co-living project could end 15-year Merchant City planning stalemate

Glasgow city centre is to have a £40 million co-living building that will provide a gateway to the Merchant City and a focal point for regeneration of the East End, under plans submitted by developers.

Merchant Point, at the corner of the High Street and George Street, will include shops, offices and restaurants as well as 401 private-rent bedrooms for students and young professionals.

Developers are to set-up a £250,000 social entrepreneur fund, offering new businesses start-up funding and free use of office space and other facilities to help them become established.

Glasgow-based Structured House Group (SHG), which is behind plans, said it will provide a boost to the local economy as well as much needed accommodation.

SHG took over responsibility for developing the area after a 15 year-long attempt by Glasgow entrepreneur and publican Colin Beattie to turn the site into an Ashton Lane-style piazza of bars and restaurants came to nothing.

Members of Glasgow City Council’s planning applications committee will be asked to approve the 12-storey building on the site, when it meets in May.

Included in the plans is a commitment to retain a refurbished version of the Old College Bar, believe to be the city’s oldest, and to reproduce its current interior in an identical form.

The complex will also feature eateries and retail outlets as well as co-working offices where local businesses and university start-ups can utilise the space and raise start-up capital.

Craig Inglis, chief executive of SHG, said: “We have spent a long time working to get the look of this development right to ensure that it stands as a recognisable beacon of regeneration.

“Merchant Point will be a visible manifestation of the great work that is going on in the East End to help it reach its full potential.  It will be a community in itself, with retail, leisure and business functions, all generating additional income for the area.

“An area of the building will be set aside as a free-to-use hub for young local businesses, dedicated to supporting interesting and exciting start-ups and university spin-out companies.

“Giving those fledgling businesses free office space and other facilities will help them through an important stage of their development.”

The plans include removing the interior of The Old College Bar and creating a snug that will give locals a perfect replica of the bar as a refreshed version that will allow it to continue with its long running license.

Mr Inglis added: “There has been a lot of publicity around this proposal because of the bar but that has overlooked what a fantastic addition this will be to the city centre and to the local economy.

“As a Glasgow-based company, we have enormous respect for the city’s built heritage and the important place The Old College Bar holds in its history.

“For that reason, we were happy to work with city council planners, universities and local businesses on a building which, if approved, will stand tall as an entrance to the city from the east.

Mr Beattie, owner of Oran Mor and the Lismore as well as The Old College Bar, has given his backing to the scheme.

Mr Inglis added: “There’s no disguising the poor fabric of the bar building as it stands, so we will have to replace it.

“Our amended plans aim to retain as much of the character and charm of the existing pub but to put it on a footing that’s appropriate for today to safeguard its future, hopefully for the next century.”