CALA unveils plan to restore historic David Stow building

An artist's impression of how the David Stow building will look

An artist’s impression of how the David Stow building will look

On the anniversary of the death of one of Scotland’s most pioneering educational figures, plans have been revealed to restore the historic building which bears his name.

The David Stow building, an iconic building which was once at the centre of the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill campus, has fallen short of its former glory in recent years.

Constructed from Dumfries stone, the B-category listed building was the main teacher training college building at Jordanhill Campus when completed in 1917, but it is now surrounded by decaying 1960s and 1970s concrete buildings including the seven-storey Henry Wood building.

Now, more than 150 years after David Stow’s death on November 6, 1864, CALA has outlined how its plans for Jordanhill Campus would reinstate the imposing structure as the site’s dominant building.

Architect Peter McLaughlin of 7N, explained: “Set in an elevated position, the green copper spires of the David Stow building were a defining landmark on the city’s skyline, but they have been overwhelmed by the expansion of the Jordanhill Campus in the 1960s and 1970s.

“Our proposals to demolish these later buildings would reinstate the visual prominence of this historic building and maintain its heritage and identity.

“Importantly, our plans will address the growing risk of disrepair by creating a viable new life for the David Stow building.

“From the elegant neo-classical entrance lobby, reminiscent of New York residences from the same period, to the series of simple, large volume former teaching spaces, the building will convert well to high quality apartments that are imbued with the character of their former use.”

To commemorate the anniversary CALA released video footage giving a rare contemporary glimpse of the interiors of the grand building which has been vacant since 2012. The 31-acre Jordanhill Campus site is owned by the University of Strathclyde, which gained in 2013 Planning Permission in Principle for a residential development on the site.

The retention and refurbishment of the David Stow building, which would create 67 apartments, is central to CALA’s plans for Jordanhill Campus. Altogether, just over 400 properties ranging from one-bedroom flats to detached five-bedroom family homes would be made available at the proposed premium residential development.

The building as it currently stands

The building as it currently stands

Ian Conway, development manager of the Jordanhill Campus for CALA Homes (West), said their plans would provide a sustainable future for the David Stow building, which is falling into disrepair.

He said: “Working with 7N, our planning application recognises the importance of the David Stow building, which will make for an iconic focal point of our development. Our sympathetic approach would restore it as a local landmark by removing the surrounding derelict concrete buildings and retaining the unique character of the site.

“In addition to significant investment in the David Stow building, more than 40% of greenspace would be retained and there would be a net addition of 350 trees. Playing fields at the site would also be protected and made available to local schools and community groups. Our plans also contain new paths and play parks.”

CALA’s Matters Specified in Conditions planning application was lodged with Glasgow City Council in March this year.

£1bn plans submitted for 10,000 new Glasgow homes

Glasgow City CouncilGlasgow councillors will this week consider a plan to spend more than £1 billion on 10,000 new affordable homes.

Under the five-year scheme, the council would contribute £600 million and a similar amount would come from private investors.

The plans will go before the authority’s planning committee on Thursday and will be submitted to the Scottish Government for approval if it is backed by councillors.

Cllr Kenny McLean, convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm, said: “The council is committed to making sure people in Glasgow have access to affordable housing.

“A five year plan such as this allows the council and our housing partners in the public and private sectors to plan ahead.”

A report to councillors says the new housing “will contribute to the continuing regeneration of Glasgow’s neighbourhoods”.

It adds: “It will facilitate significant investment in the construction industry with additional associated benefits in the form of jobs and training opportunities and benefits to small and medium enterprises.”

CALA Homes open letter bids to set the record straight on Jordanhill Campus project

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CALA Homes (West) has written an open letter outlining its approach to its proposed £100m development of the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill Campus.

The award-winning housebuilder issued the letter after its proposals for a premium residential development were referred to a Predetermination Hearing by councillors.

In the letter, CALA states its commitment to building on the legacy of the landmark 31-acre site, which is now derelict after being unoccupied since 2012.

The letter describes how CALA’s planning application will protect and enhance greenspace at the site, retain the Category B-listed David Stow building, open playing fields to local schools and establish one of the city’s most desirable and well-designed residential developments.

The letter also refers to recent independent research that found construction of the site would create almost 200 new jobs for Glasgow and deliver an economic boost of over £5m in Gross Added Value (GAV).

CALA’s Matters Specified in Conditions planning application was lodged with Glasgow City Council in March this year.

Jim McIntyre, managing director of CALA Homes (West), said: “CALA is an award-winning homebuilder with decades of experience in delivering high quality residential developments and we fully intend to extend our strong reputation with a sensitive approach at Jordanhill Campus.

“Currently, many of the buildings are derelict and much of the land is brownfield. I firmly believe our proposals represent a significant improvement and will enhance a community asset. They would create a great place to live.

“We look forward to presenting our exciting plans next month, and to continuing to work in partnership with the community to deliver a successful development within the heart of Jordanhill.”

The decision to close the 31-acre Jordanhill Campus, formerly a teacher training college, was taken by owners Strathclyde University in 2006 and the site has been vacant since 2012. Following extensive consultation with the local community and Glasgow City Council, the University gained Planning Permission in Principle for a residential developer in 2013.

CALA’s proposed development includes more than 400 high quality properties, designed by award-winning architects 7N. These range from one bedroom flats to large, detached family homes. Central to the proposals is the retention of the university’s Category B-listed David Stow building, which would be reinstated as the dominant building on the campus and refurbished to a high standard to offer luxury apartments. Graham House and Douglas House, which don’t have listed status, would also to be conserved and converted under the plans.

More than 40% of the site would be retained as greenspace and the plans contain a net provision of more than 350 new trees to enhance the existing woodland. About 5,000 square metres of children’s active play spaces would be created and the existing playing fields given to Glasgow Life to ensure the community and all local schools in the area, including Jordanhill School, benefit.

Together with existing access points, new public footpaths and cycleways would make the Campus accessible to all.

Liana Canavan, sales and marketing director at CALA Homes (West), added: “We want to dispel the misconception that we plan to overdevelop the site.

“We’re seeking to develop mostly on the footprints of existing buildings and to create a more designed central parkland area than currently exists on the site. These plans include cycle paths, walkways and areas of open space which will enhance this site for current and future communities of Jordanhill.”

Jim McIntyre

Jim McIntyre

The full content of the letter can be read below:

The University of Strathclyde’s Jordanhill Campus was once a landmark for Glasgow and the local community. Now, after being unoccupied for more than five years, substantial investment is required to protect and enhance the legacy and unique period buildings synonymous with the site. Together with the University, CALA homes (West) is committed to restore local pride in the Campus and build on its legacy by establishing one of the city’s most desirable and well-designed residential developments.

Our proposal delivers almost £100 million of investment which will enhance greenspace and retain an important listed building. It upholds the University’s original proposal which was granted Planning Permission in Principle in 2013 after extensive consultation with the community and Glasgow City Council.  

Glasgow has growing demand for premium housing. By creating more than 400 quality properties, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom detached family homes, Jordanhill Campus will appeal to an array of buyers, resulting in significant economic benefits for the city. 

The misconception that CALA will destroy woodland and open space is simply not true. Protecting the landscape is central to our proposal.  More than 40% of the site will be retained as greenspace and there will be a net provision of more than 350 new trees. Together with existing access points, new public footpaths and cycleways will make the Campus accessible to all.

The greenspace will be maintained by a factor, ensuring local people can enjoy the site long-term. More than 5,000 square metres of children’s active play spaces will be created and the pitches would be given to Glasgow Life to ensure the community and all local schools in the area, including Jordanhill School, benefit

Working with renowned architects 7N, we will sympathetically retain, redevelop and refurbish the Category B listed David Stow building into a mix of apartments and mews properties. We will conserve and convert two more historic buildings which don’t have listed status so could be demolished.

Almost 200 direct and indirect jobs will be created by the construction phase, while independent research estimates that, post-construction, the development would raise an extra £1.3 million in council tax and support 56 local retail jobs through an estimated £5.8m retained retail spend.

We have listened to the local community and offered to provide each new residence with a free bus pass to support the local bus service and to upgrade the junction of Southbrae/Westbrae earlier than required by the Planning Permission in Principle, to improve the junction capacity and provide controlled crossings that will assist those travelling to and from local schools.

CALA has an excellent reputation in the UK of providing communities with aspirational and award winning homes and it is this experience which we intend to extend, with a sensitive approach, at Jordanhill Campus.

We look forward to presenting our exciting proposals next month, and to continuing to work in partnership with the community to deliver a successful development within the heart of Jordanhill.   


Jim McIntyre

Managing Director

CALA Homes (West)

£3m spec-built industrial unit completed at Clyde Gateway East

Clyde Gateway East Unit201 Aerial A001Construction work is now complete on Unit 201, a new 27,500 sq. ft. manufacturing and engineering facility at Clyde Gateway East Business Park.

Built by Kier Construction Scotland and being marketed by Ryden LLP, the £3 million industrial unit is the latest speculative new build undertaken and completed by Clyde Gateway.

Clyde Gateway East Business Park at Junction 2A on the M74 is already home to high calibre occupiers that include BT, Glacier Energy, Dentec and Cusack. The new unit provides 25,500 sq. ft. of highly-specified, column-free workshop space plus a further 2,000 sq. ft. of office and ancillary accommodation together with service yard and dedicated parking, all within landscaped grounds.

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway, said: “The past few months have shown a positive trend in the west of Scotland’s industrial property market, with good evidence of demand with high-quality space still in short supply. This new speculative unit has been built to attract companies from the key growth sectors identified in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, and I’m pleased to say we’ve had some very positive enquiries.

“Clyde Gateway’s reputation as a great business destination is growing all the time as more and more companies locate here to take advantage of our excellent transport links, skilled labour force, fantastic business support and superfast broadband provision. The recent completion of improvements to the motorway network east of Glasgow boosts the attraction of Clyde Gateway as a business destination even further.

“Clyde Gateway East also has excellent service and utility provisions and is the only manufacturing location in Glasgow to benefit from a Smart electrical grid, which is greener, more efficient, secure and reliable.”

Billy Linton, managing director of prestige vehicle repair & restoration company Dentec, who moved to Clyde Gateway East in 2016, said: “When our business recently expanded, we outgrew our previous home in Rutherglen, so decided to move to Clyde Gateway East. Since we moved here the profile and image of our business has grown massively, we’ve brought in more work and the response from our customers to our new premises has been excellent. We think we’re in a great location to take advantage of future opportunities and hopefully grow the business even further.”

Jordanhill Campus housing decision put on hold for pre-Determination Hearing

Cala-Jordanhill-1A judgment into an application to deliver more than 400 homes on a former university site in Glasgow has been delayed after councillors decided to allow representations from interested parties to be heard.

Housebuilder CALA Homes is proposing to transform the historic site of the University of Strathclyde’s former Jordanhill Campus into luxury flats.

Hundreds of residents have protested at the plans over what they claim will be the loss of green space and the impact on wildlife and biodiversity, due to more than 70 trees being cut down on the land.

Objections also included concerns over a lack of social housing, the absence of amenities within the development, traffic management and the impact on local schools.

Members of Glasgow City Council’s planning applications committee were expected to give the scheme the go-ahead at a meeting on Tuesday after the executive director of development and regeneration services recommended the plans for approval.

But instead the committee unanimously agreed that a pre-Determination Hearing must take place before a decision is reached on the proposal and will hear arguments from both the developers and the local objectors within the next six to eight weeks.

A judicial review is also to take place at the Court of Session next month.

Cala-Jordanhill-3Community leaders in Jordanhill welcomed the decision to delay the judgement.

Ken Robertson, a spokesman for Jordanhill Community Council, said: “Jordanhill Community Council wishes to thank the Planning Applications Committee for their deliberations today.

“We are encouraged by the outcome. Now we will be able to present our case directly to the decision-makers and stress that local people must be involved in shaping their own future.

“Glasgow’s new administration has said it is committed to community participation and so are we.

“Today is only a first step but we and our partners remain focused on taking this to Judicial Review in the hope that one day we might get a development at Jordanhill Campus of which all can be proud.”

A date has yet to be fixed for the pre-determination hearing while the Judicial Review is scheduled for November 16 and 17.

Cala-Jordanhill-2CALA has previously half of the development will remain as greenspace, and maintains it will “create a wide range of much needed, high quality homes”.

An independent economic impact assessment revealed the project would create almost 200 new jobs and significantly boost the Glasgow economy.

The development would raise an extra £1.3 million in council tax, while 420 trees are set to be planted at the site, CALA added. A new community facility operated by Glasgow Life will also be made available to local schools.

A spokesperson for CALA Homes (West) said: “We are disappointed that our planning application for a premium residential development at Jordanhill Campus has been continued to a hearing. We’ve invested a great deal of time, expense and effort into our proposals and designs which have received a positive recommendation from the council’s planners.

“We remain confident our plans will deliver much needed, high-quality homes that are sympathetic to the site’s important landscape and heritage features with more than 40 per cent of the proposed development retained as green space. Redevelopment of this derelict site will also create almost 200 new jobs for the city.

“We look forward to making our case at the hearing.”

BBC extends facilities services partnership with struggling Interserve

BBC Pacific Quay as viewed from the River Clyde

BBC Pacific Quay as viewed from the River Clyde

Interserve has been given a boost today after winning a £140 million contract to continue providing facilities services for the BBC.

The latest four-year extension to the account, which was first awarded in 2014, will see the beleaguered firm provide total facilities management services across the broadcaster’s UK estate until 2023.

In total the contract covers 150 sites and 560,000 m2 floorspace, including the corporation’s major offices and production facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford, Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London and Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

The partnership covers 26 separate service lines reflecting the diversity of the BBC’s operations across its estate and the need to deliver a coordinated and positive workplace experience for employees across the organisation’s sites. Services ranging from critical broadcast engineering, energy and utilities management through to cleaning, portering and security are tailored to specific building requirements, including the need for 24-hour operations at several locations.

The news comes after a turbulent few weeks for the company in which it warned that its profits for this year were likely to be half what they were last year amid spiralling costs for a troubled energy-from-waste contract.

It also said there was “a realistic prospect” of it breaching its financial covenants with its lenders.

The firm was given some much-needed respite last week when it signed a £227 million five-year electrical and mechanical maintenance contract with the Department for Work and Pensions.

In addition to the latest BBC contract, Interserve currently delivers security guarding and building contractor services for the broadcaster under separate frameworks.

Debbie White, chief executive at Interserve, said that the contract extension was testament to the strong partnership between the two organisations: “Our ongoing partnership with the BBC has been built on our collaborative approach, marrying our expertise in delivering high performance workplaces with the needs of the customer’s diverse teams across its UK estate.”

Vacant Glasgow tenement gives way during Storm Ophelia

Albert Road OpheliaA tenement building in Glasgow partially collapsed overnight as Storm Ophelia battered the UK and Ireland yesterday.

Firefighters were called to the unoccupied Albert Road tenement in Crosshill at about 4 am on Tuesday morning after reports of debris falling into the street. Brickwork and windows on the structure gave way.

The building had been cordoned off for the past two years as it was deemed unsafe for public access and had been due for partial demolition.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “It was around 3.55am this morning, police were called to a report of an unoccupied building having partially collapsed at Albert Road.

“Nobody was injured.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service added: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to reports of debris falling from an unoccupied tenement building on Albert Road.

“A total of seven appliances were immediately mobilised to the scene and firefighters found part of the front face of the building to have collapsed.

“There were no casualties and crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”

The privately owned flats have been unoccupied since residents were evacuated due to safety fears.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said the tenement, which contained private flats, had been empty for more than a year due to structural concerns around the windows.

“Responsibility for repairing the property lies with the private owners, however the council had offered them financial assistance to help with the cost of repair,” she said.

“Stabilisation works to the property and removal of the bay window areas were due to commence on site within the next two weeks following the appointment of a contractor, by the owners’ agent.

“Unfortunately, Storm Ophelia hit the city and there was a collapse. The exclusion zone did its job and contained the debris and, because we previously evacuated the building, no-one was hurt.”

New tribunals centre to be built in Glasgow

Tribunals Centre in GlasgowThe Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has announced plans for a new Tribunals Centre in Glasgow.

SCTS has worked with HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to find accommodation in Glasgow and the new Tribunals Centre will be located at 3 Atlantic Quay.

With 34 hearing rooms for cases to be heard, the design of the centre will provide facilities for all tribunal users and specific  support for young users with additional support needs. Additionally, the centre will provide facilities for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence to both Glasgow Sheriff Court and the High Court.

During 2018, the SCTS-supported Housing and Property and Health and Education Tribunal Chambers will move into the new centre. The HMCTS-operated social security tribunal will move at a similar time with other tribunals HMCTS services to follow at a later date.

The SCTS provides support to many of Scotland’s devolved tribunals and is making preparations for the future transfer of the UK reserved tribunals operations in Scotland, currently provided by HMCTS.

Lady Smith, President of Scottish Tribunals said: “The creation of the new Tribunals Centre in Glasgow is the latest important development in the evolution of the Scottish Tribunals. The premises will act as a hub for tribunals supported by SCTS, providing a range of modern facilities and services for tribunals users.

“They will also offer a separate, appropriately designed space, for vulnerable witnesses and users, including for witnesses providing evidence for Sheriff and High Court cases in Glasgow. This co-located approach to provision for the tribunals should be regarded as a flagship for the administration of justice in Scotland in the 21st century.”

Eric McQueen, chief executive, SCTS said: “This has been an exciting opportunity with SCTS and HMCTS working together to create a bespoke tribunals centre, improving the services we provide for tribunals, while reducing costs. It also provides an early opportunity to bring together SCTS and HMCTS staff to prepare for forthcoming tribunal reforms.”

Kevin Sadler, deputy chief executive, HMCTS said: “We are committed to improving people’s experience of the justice system by providing facilities that are modern, comfortable and accessible.

“We have worked collaboratively with SCTS on this opportunity and we look forward to creating a joint tribunals centre with them in the heart of Glasgow.”

First building tops out at Glasgow’s new urban business district

Shawfield 14A topping out ceremony has taken place for the first building at Glasgow’s new urban business location, Magenta @ Clyde Gateway.

The £9 million Red Tree Magenta building is currently under construction by contractors Robertson, and is due for completion in summer 2018. Investment funding is being provided jointly by Clyde Gateway, the Scottish Government and South Lanarkshire Council.

On the site of the former Shawfield industrial estate, Magenta @ Clyde Gateway is set to become one of the UK’s largest office locations, set on 27 acres next to the River Clyde and M74 motorway network, under two miles from Glasgow’s city centre. It is estimated that the development will bring at least 12,000 new jobs to the area.

The four-storey, 3,780 sq m Red Tree building will provide Grade A business suites ranging in size from 10 to 168 sq m, aimed at encouraging the growth of SMEs and creating local employment opportunities for local people, including those moving into the area’s numerous new residential developments. When fully occupied, the building has the capacity to create 250 new jobs.

Highbridge Properties Plc – Clyde Gateway’s development partner for Magenta – is a specialist business park developer which has successfully developed over 13 million square feet of office and industrial space, including Cobalt, the largest office park in the UK. Situated near Newcastle, Cobalt employs over 14,000 people and is home to numerous blue chip companies including Hewlett Packard, Proctor & Gamble, Accenture, EE and Santander. Highbridge is now planning the next phase of development at the Magenta site.

Shawfield 02Guy Marsden, director at Highbridge Properties PLC, said: “Topping out is a major construction milestone in what is a landmark project – the very first building at Magenta, which will eventually become one of the UK’s largest office locations.

“Magenta is a very compelling option for businesses who want great value for money, superb infrastructure, and a location that’s under two miles from the city centre, 15 minutes from Glasgow Airport, and two minutes from the M74. It’s also within walking and cycling distance of a growing local population, who are taking advantage of the various new residential developments that are springing up in the area. Magenta’s close proximity to the Cuningar Loop woodland park is also good news for the wellbeing of people who will be working here.

“Magenta provides a great addition to the Scottish economy – with Grade A office space that offers savings of up to 37 percent on similar new-build offices in city centre locations.”

Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway, said: “This £9 million investment marks the beginning of what will be a remarkable and eye-catching regeneration of Shawfield. These offices are the third to be developed by Clyde Gateway under the Red Tree brand, with two already in place at Bridgeton and Rutherglen, but this is the first to involve a complete new-build.

“We’ve already attracted over 5,000 jobs to the Clyde Gateway area, and many of our tenant companies are from the creative, media and digital industries such as Think Publishing, Made Brave, Peebles Media and Cloud Cover IT. Our Red Tree developments have been really popular, so it’s great to see construction work coming on so well and we are on schedule for opening this flagship building in summer 2018.”

Milestone reached on £100m Shieldhall Tunnel project

Shieldhall Tunnel progressA milestone has been reached on a £100 million Shieldhall Tunnel project in Glasgow.

The construction phase on Scotland’s biggest waste water tunnel is now complete, with the 1,000-tonne tunnel boring machine (TBM) ‘breaking through’ in Queen’s Park last week.

The TBM, named ‘Daisy the Driller’ by a Glasgow schoolboy, spent 15 months creating the 3.1-mile long sewer beneath the south of the city. The Costain VINCI Construction Grans Projets Joint Venture (CVJV) was set up to deliver the project.

Further construction and ancillary work will now be carried out including work to connect the tunnel to the existing waste water network before the tunnel becomes operational next summer.

Douglas Millican, Scottish Water’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have completed the construction phase of the Shieldhall Tunnel, which is the flagship project in Scottish Water’s investment in the waste water infrastructure in the Greater Glasgow area – the biggest in well over a century.

“The tunnel will improve water quality in the River Clyde and reduce the risk of flooding in a number of communities. As the Greater Glasgow area continues to develop, we are modernising our waste water infrastructure to support the needs of both existing and future customers.

“The completion of the Shieldhall Tunnel, which will increase capacity and alleviate pressure on the existing network by providing additional storm water storage, is a key part of that network modernisation.

“With Daisy the Driller having reached her destination, we have completed the most challenging part of the project. We now move to linking the tunnel to the existing Glasgow waste water network and bringing the whole new system into operation next year.”

Neil Grosset, project director for CVJV on the Shieldhall Tunnel, said: “All at Costain and VINCI Construction Grands Projets are delighted to have completed construction of the Shieldhall Tunnel for Scottish Water and the people of Glasgow.”