Creative business space planned for Glasgow’s McLellan Works

A currently neglected building situated at the heart of Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street is set to be transformed into a prime SME and co-working space.

A detailed planning application has been submitted to Glasgow City Council which will see McLellan Works become home to ambitious and creative SME businesses and incorporate a curated mix of local retail, food and café operators. It is proposed to open in Autumn 2019.

Under the plans, McLellan Works will combine a high quality, dynamic and flexible shared work and co-working environment targeting established and SME businesses with formal and informal meeting spaces as well as co-work space with an artisan café and possible links to the Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

The development is being led by McLellan Works’ new owner, Bywater Properties, with its transformative redesign being carried out by Glasgow-based architects Stallan-Brand. Local design house Graphical House is leading the development of the brand identity.

The building will complement the £7 million investment programme on Sauchiehall Street – part of the city’s ‘Avenues Project’ – which sees the creation of wider pavements, a two-way cycle lane and improved lighting and seating areas.

It will also continue to serve as the entrance for the McLellan Galleries, which stands immediately behind the building and is currently occupied by the GSA.

Theo Michell, principal at Bywater Properties, said: “This is a beautiful but currently neglected building at the heart of one of Glasgow’s most popular and loved streets. We’re very proud of our plans to breathe new life into a landmark building in such a fantastic location.

“The prospect of a disruptive space like McLellan Works being situated in such a creative and vibrant part of the city, which has strong links to the creative powerhouse that is Glasgow School of Art, is very exciting. We’re looking forward to welcoming businesses that want to be part of McLellan Works and help boost Glasgow’s jobs and economy.”

Keri Monaghan, project architect at Stallan-Brand, said: “This dynamic project offers the opportunity to unlock a piece of Glasgow’s history by reinstating the presence of the McLellan Galleries on Sauchiehall Street. We are delighted to be a part of these proposals to re-establish the city’s connection to a piece of cultural heritage while also maintaining a listed building, delivering attractive office space, and contributing to the ongoing improvements being made to Sauchiehall Street.”

The McLellan Galleries, which sit within the same block as McLellan Works, were originally built in 1855 to house the art collection of Archibald McLellan, a local coach builder, councillor and patron of the arts. From 1869 the galleries were home to the GSA until its move to the Mackintosh Building in 1899. Then for many years elegant department store Trerons occupied what is now McLellan Works.

In recent years the building around the galleries operated as Breckenridge House, with a mix of commercial tenants and retail units on Sauchiehall Street.

Deputy First Minister marks start of construction at Jedburgh Campus

(from left) Bruce Dickson of BAM, Cllrs Hamilton and Haslam, Sana Saukawa & Alice Hickson of Howdenburn Primary School, Kira Renilson & Harry Brown of Jedburgh Grammar, Ella McGovern & Ellie Scott of Parkside Primary School, Deputy First Minister John Swinney & Paul McGirk of hub South East Scotland

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has helped mark the start of works on the new Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus.

Mr Swinney joined pupils from Jedburgh Grammar, Howdenburn and Parkside primary schools and Scottish Borders councillors for the ground breaking ceremony for the innovative new facility on land at Hartrigge Park yesterday.

Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus will replace all three schools, with provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children alongside further education.

Community facilities will include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, 100m running track, external changing pavilion and rural skills area.

The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Mr Swinney in August 2017, as one of four projects to share £28 million from the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

The project is being taken forward by Scottish Borders Council, its development partner hub South East Scotland and appointed main contractor BAM, while enabling works are currently being carried out by Jedburgh-based contractor RJT Excavations Ltd, providing local benefits.

The main construction will begin in autumn 2018, with the project on programme to open to learners by March 2020.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “I would like to thank Scottish Borders Council for inviting me to help mark the start of the process which will result in a fantastic new intergenerational campus that the whole community can be proud of.

“Learning and teaching in such an innovative and inspirational setting can make a real difference to education outcomes. That is why the Scottish Government is committed to improving Scotland’s school estate, and through our £1.8bn Schools for the Future building programme, we are providing almost £18m towards this project.”

Artist impression of the entrance of the campus by architects Stallan-Brand

Councillor Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council leader, said: “This is another hugely significant day for Jedburgh.

“While it is hard to imagine at the moment, in two years on this site we will have a brand facility which will benefit generations of people in the town.

“Extensive consultations in the community showed the vast majority were right behind the plans for a new intergenerational campus, which will provide for 2 to 102 year olds, with further education opportunities and community facilities for the whole town.

“During construction, a number of community benefits will be delivered to support the local economy, with a local firm already involved in the project.”

Paul McGirk, hub South East’s chief executive, said: “It’s exciting to mark the start of construction on site for the new campus and to be part of the team welcoming the Deputy First Minister to Jedburgh.

“We look forward to working with Scottish Borders Council and our supply chain to deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience, fit for the needs of all generations.

“As a hub project we’re keen to ensure that a range of community benefits are realised throughout the build. I’m delighted to see Jedburgh based RJT Excavations is already benefiting from the opportunities available and we look forward to ensuring that even more local individuals and businesses can get involved during the delivery of this project.”

Plans for the new campus

Bruce Dickson, regional director, BAM Construction, added: “We were delighted to be selected to deliver this project by Hub South East and Scottish Borders Council and all of our team understand the importance of the new campus to the local community.

“It has been an impressive feat to get the project on site so quickly and demonstrates what can be achieved when everyone works in partnership to reach a common goal.”

Gemma Boggs, education delivery director at the Scottish Futures Trust, said: “Our expert management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme is helping all of Scotland’s 32 councils succeed in delivering the very best teaching and learning environments within ever-tightening budgets.

“As well as supporting many thousands of construction jobs, the programme is creating and delivering world-class, award-winning learning environments that not only meet future educational needs but are vibrant community assets as well.

“I am delighted to see Jedburgh Intergenerational Community Campus going into construction which is a shining example of what can be achieved with real cross-programme collaboration.”

Jedburgh intergenerational community campus wins government approval

Plans for a new intergenerational community campus in Jedburgh are gathering pace with a series of positive announcements.

The Scottish Government has this week given the go-ahead to Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to build the campus, and formally close the existing nursery, primary, secondary and specialist provision in the town.

The procedural decision by the government follows SBC planning committee’s approval of the planning application in January.

Both announcements mean that there are no legislatory barriers to the start of work on the Jedburgh intergenerational community campus which will replace Jedburgh Grammar, Howdenburn and Parkside primary schools, and will be located on land at Hartrigge Park.

The campus will have provision for nursery, primary and secondary school children, and community facilities will include a multi-use games area, 2G hockey pitch, 3G sports pitch, running track, external changing pavilion and rural skills area.

The project has seen SBC team up with development partner hub South East Scotland and Stallan-Brand Architects, while BAM Construction is the appointed contractor.

The funding for the new campus was confirmed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in August 2017, as one of four projects to share £28 million from the latest phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

As a result of these approvals, site clearance work will begin, with tree specialists carefully removing a small number of trees affected by the plans over the coming weeks.

Following this, some advance groundworks will start in spring and once contracts are signed in the summer, the council will mark the official start of construction on site, with the new school being complete by March 2020.

Councillor Shona Haslam, SBC’s leader, said: “I am delighted we are making good progress towards opening a new intergenerational community campus for Jedburgh in 2020.

“The new facility will serve the whole community, from 2 to 102 year olds, with further education opportunities and community facilities for the town.

“This project has involved a huge amount of work by various stakeholders, with the vast majority of local people taking part in the extensive consultations supporting the plans.

“This is an innovative scheme to delivery nursery, primary and secondary provision simultaneously as well as significant regeneration benefits to Jedburgh.

“Health and wellbeing, employment, lifelong learning, culture, tourism and high quality collaboration space for local businesses with high quality digital connectivity are just some of the benefits this new campus will offer.”

Scott Brown, projects director for hub South East, said: “It’s great to see the plans for this new campus for Jedburgh progressing at pace and we look forward to working with Scottish Borders Council and our contractor BAM Construction to deliver a facility which supports a modern learning experience, fit for the needs of all generations.

“We’re also keen to ensure that the project delivers real community benefits during its construction and we will be offering a range of opportunities locally, so that individuals and small businesses in the Borders can benefit from the investment being made in this fantastic new development.”

Contractor appointed to Renfrewshire retail park

The owners of the former Paton’s Mill site in Johnstone have announced the appointment of Bell Building Projects Limited as the main contractor to develop a retail park on the site.

4th Developments, owners of the former shoelace mill site, confirm that Phase 1 of the development masterplan works are now underway.

The £3.5 million development scheme, to build a supermarket, non-food retail unit and a drive thru is progressing as planned and is scheduled for completion this coming summer.

Announcing the appointment of the contractor, Claire Donaldson of 4th Consulting, project and asset managers for the development, said: “The redevelopment of the Paton’s Mill site offers an exciting new gateway for Johnstone’s high street. As such it will offer a prime location for shoppers and we are delighted with the progress we are making to transform this site into a thriving destination.

“We’re pleased to announce Bell Building Projects Limited as the main contractors. As a local, experienced team, they offer an extremely high quality of service and a strong track record in retail park construction.

“The contractor has been on site since mid-December and is working towards completion of Phase 1 of the development masterplan in Summer 2018.”

Based in Glasgow, Bell Building Projects Limited support local job creation and apprenticeships and has been behind developments including the Jaguar/Volvo car showrooms at Junctions 26 Hillington/Braehead and the A&D logistics facility at Phoenix Retail Park.

Martin Bell, managing director of Bell Building Projects Limited, added: “Bell Building Projects is delighted to be involved in the revitalisation of this historic site. The company has been involved from an early stage with 4th Developments and the design team to deliver a striking retail development which will be a superb addition to the local area.

“We have a strong history in retail construction both in the high street and out of town developments and look forward to adding Paton’s Mill Retail Park to our successfully completed projects.”

Designer Stallan-Brand said its influence for the retail units flows from some of the buildings occupying the former site.

A further announcement is expected in a few weeks, regarding the tenants of Paton’s Mill Retail Park.

Future visions unveiled for Galashiels and Tweedbank

How a new Market Square could look under the Galashiels masterplan proposals. Image courtesy of Stallan Brand

A series of ambitious ideas to transform Galashiels and Tweedbank and encourage people to come to the whole of the Borders have been unveiled.

The masterplans were presented to councillors at a full meeting of Scottish Borders Council (SBC) on January 25.

As part of the Borders Railway Blueprint programme, the plans – commissioned from independent consultants – present a variety of proposals to encourage people to live, learn, visit and work in the area, as well as attract inward investment through public and private sector funding.

Both prospectuses present different visions, with the Galashiels masterplan aiming to regenerate the town centre while the Tweedbank masterplan suggests opportunities to expand the village and reposition the current industrial estate as a new Borders Innovation Park.

In line with the Blueprint’s main themes, the Galashiels document focusses on how complementary residential, retail and business space to help regenerate the town could be delivered.

The Galashiels vision also includes regeneration-led activities, with the opening of the Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre, clearly positioned as the first phase component, set to be the catalyst for further projects, such as the local business-led plans to create a Galashiels Business Improvement District (BID).

The masterplan focusses on six town centre locations and highlights the creation of world class connectivity, a quality active travel network and investment in existing and new buildings as key requirements if Galashiels is to become an international town which is an attractive place to live, work and visit.

Amongst the ideas included in the masterplan is an opportunity to further extend Market Square into a more flexible events and activities space which could host major events and festivals, farmers markets, functions and seasonal activities, in line with many towns across Europe.

The vision also reviewed a series of potential hotel sites in the town, which would meet the demand for accommodation in the central Borders, particularly when major events take place.

A potential new Station Square for Tweedbank is in the masterplan proposals. Image courtesy of Proctor and Matthews Architects

Consultation has been held with local businesses and community, as well as arts and tourism organisations on the Galashiels masterplan. The council is also currently working with the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust on the housing element of the document as a pilot project.

Councillors agreed that the Galashiels masterplan proposals will be brought forward to a future Economic Development themed Executive meeting for further discussion.

Two public consultations events have already been held for the Tweedbank masterplan, with the latter being attended by over 200 residents, while discussions have also been held with local businesses.

The Tweedbank masterplan identifies the potential for a new residential and business development on the Lowood Estate which would attract local residents and those moving into the area who wish to use the nearby Borders Railway.

The prospectus also highlights an opportunity to create a new arrival square at Tweedbank station with complementary commercial space, cafes and apartments alongside the development of the Borders Innovation Park, which already has £15 million of capital funding committed to it from the City Deal.

The opportunity for Tweedbank to become a hub for arriving visitors to go on to explore the landscape and tourist attractions of the area is another option included in the study, while a new footbridge across the River Tweed, plaza area and community hub are other ideas contained within the overall masterplan.

The vision also explores the benefits of increasing the car parking provision of Tweedbank train station to meet demands of an expanded village and Borders Innovation Park.

It is intended that the Tweedbank masterplan will inform the preparation of Supplementary Planning Guidance which will be subject to a formal consultation exercise.

Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s executive member for business and economic development, said: “These masterplans are two of the most exciting projects the Council has developed.

“These great prospectuses will be used to encourage more businesses, visitors, homeowners and workers to come to the area.

“Galashiels has proud historical links to the textiles industry which the masterplan recognises should play a role in the regeneration of the town, with the Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre set to be the catalyst for this transformation by creating significant economic, social and educational benefits.

“A different approach is being taken forward for Tweedbank with the aim of making it an attractive place to live and work through ambitious new residential and business plans closely connected to the railway.

“While the council cannot delivery all the proposals, the masterplans will aim to encourage the market to invest in both communities, and the Borders as a whole.”

Tom Miers, SBC’s executive member for planning and environment, added: “The Galashiels and Tweedbank masterplans provide options for the future of both communities.

“They include ideas for creating jobs, encouraging inward investment and informing the next stage of the Local Development Plan.

“The next step is for the council to draw on these and other ideas to develop formal plans for Tweedbank in close consultation with the public.”

Both reports are available at SBC’s website.

£200m residential proposal unveiled for Glasgow’s High Street

Plans to transform Glasgow’s High Street area by investing £200 million in a new 7.5 acre residential neighbourhood of more than 700 homes for rent have been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

In addition to 727 new build-to-rent homes on the site behind High Street rail station, the application proposes a new public square, as well as 99 student studios and circa 3,365sqm of retail, leisure, food, drink and commercial business space. For the first time, the area will be opened up through new tree-lined access routes, connecting the Merchant City through High Street and into the East End.

The area was the original location of the University of Glasgow, the Hunterian Museum and later became the goods yard of the City of Glasgow Union Railway Company. The Molendinar Burn, the original freshwater source upon which Glasgow was founded, also passes underneath the site. However, other than a small section currently used as a car park, the site has lain empty and derelict for many years.

The bold new vision to bring the site back to life has been put together by Get Living, the large scale residential investor and owner-operator of the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, now known as East Village. The multi-million pound investment in Glasgow is the company’s first venture outside of London.

Following public consultations with the local community, the outline planning consent granted to the previous site owner has been reconfigured to create a truly residential-led and green neighbourhood, including new public amenities and access routes.

Glasgow-based architects Stallan-Brand, who have worked on major development projects in the city including the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village and Tron Theatre, drew up the plans alongside internationally-renowned urban landscape designers Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP) to create inspiring and sustainable public areas through the site.

An established operator in the UK’s Build to Rent sector, Get Living believes Build to Rent neighbourhoods can help alleviate housing shortages in city centres, with properties typically brought to the market and occupied more quickly than for-sale developments.

Rick de Blaby, executive deputy chairman at Get Living, said: “The housing shortage in the UK needs no introduction and we know from our own research that there is a demand for high quality and professionally-managed rental homes in safe, well-maintained neighbourhoods.

“Our £200m proposal is a significant investment for Get Living and commits us fully to the long-term growth and success of Glasgow. Our role will see us working alongside the Council and its own ambitious plans for the city, alongside businesses that need to recruit and retain staff and most importantly for the people of Glasgow to deliver great homes set within new public spaces.

“We have listened carefully to local people, then worked very hard to create these ambitious plans for a new green neighbourhood in the heart of the city. This is a historic site and we are keen to see it become a thriving part of Glasgow’s future.”

Get Living CEO, Neil Young, added: “We believe this new neighbourhood at High Street will be an ideal fit for this part of the city and bring what is currently an invisible site back to life.

“People who want to live and work in central Glasgow, from NHS employees, IT and financial services specialists to university staff, will be able to rent a home with award-winning customer service, from a landlord they can call on seven days a week. Residents and the neighbouring community will also have a diverse range of retail, commercial and leisure outlets right on their doorstep that will complement the existing High Street area.

“We commit to our neighbourhoods for the long term, building vibrant, safe and well-managed places to live. More than 3,000 people now rent from us in East Village and, since we launched in 2013, we’ve helped foster a strong sense of community by supporting independent retailers, funding grassroots clubs and hosting free events. We are committed to bringing this neighbourhood-focused approach to Glasgow.”

Subject to planning consent being granted, work on site would start in late 2018.

Council agrees plans to build intergenerational campus in Jedburgh

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to proposals to build an intergenerational learning campus in Jedburgh and formally close the existing nursery, primary, secondary and specialist provision in the town.

Stallan-Brand Architects, working alongside the council, hub South EastBAM and TGP, are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

A statutory consultation on the plans was undertaken between 8 May to 18 June 2017, with feedback received incorporated into a report that was approved by the council’s executive in November 2017.

The proposal will result in the permanent closure of Jedburgh Grammar as well as the nursery and primary provisions at Howdenburn and Parkside schools.

Howdenburn Schoolhouse will also be closed and the educational support for secondary aged pupils with additional support needs transferred to the new campus.

The school catchment zones for Howdenburn Primary, Parkside Primary and Jedburgh Grammar will be rezoned to the new campus. This will also be the case for the Ancrum Primary P6 and P7 pupils who currently transition to Parkside.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for children and young people, said: “I am delighted that we now have full agreement to these proposals and can progress with our plans to create this unique and much anticipated replacement school provision for Jedburgh with the educational opportunities that it has potential to provide for people of all ages.

“There has been extensive consultation and public engagement throughout the process as it was important to make sure that pupils, family members, staff and the wider Jedburgh community were fully engaged with the proposals. We would like thank everyone who took part for their responses and the support we have received. We now look forward to working together and making this vision a reality.”

The Scottish Government has been informed of the council’s decision and now has an eight week period of further consideration. Members of the public are also entitled to submit any further representations directly to the Scottish Government during the three week period from Thursday 21 December to Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Paisley cultural quarter proposal wins FutureTown Design Competition

Baker Street Paisley gardensA plan to transform waste ground in Paisley into a new cultural and arts quarter has been named as the winner of an urban renewal competition.

The ‘Paisley Baker Street’ entry, submitted by Paisley Community Trust, proposes a three to five screen cinema, 500 seat main theatre, 150 seat studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and offices as well as a bar and restaurant and outdoor area and gardens on the site behind Arnotts on Gauze Street.

The Stallan-Brand-designed project has been named Baker Street in reference to the classic 1970s hit by late Paisley-born songwriter Gerry Rafferty.

The plan won a public vote in the FutureTown Design Competition, which invites organisations and members of the public to submit sketches, photographs or short written descriptions of how urban spaces could be renewed.

After receiving applications, Scotland’s Towns Partnership shortlisted entries and held a public vote during Scotland’s Towns Week, 20 – 26 November 2017. Full results and shortlisted designs can be viewed here.

Phil Prentice, chief officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said: “The FutureTown Design Competition, now in it’s third year, is all about stimulating conversations and provoking ideas to highlight what a possible future town could look like.

“As our communities strive to meet the challenges of the 21st century, the competition asks: how can town centres stimulate low carbon and sustainable living; encourage digitally-driven tourism; promote culture, health and well-being; deliver connectivity and economic growth, and become places of opportunity and choice for all?

“I’d like to thank all of the shortlisted entries for sharing their innovative ideas in response to these challenges, and showing just how much local expertise, activism and collaboration is at work in our diverse towns.

“In particular, I’d like to congratulate Paisley Community Trust for their winning entry, which proved very popular with the voting public. Their proposal for a performing arts / film theatre and academy shows how culture can be harnessed to create the ‘future history’ of Scotland’s towns, and why Paisley’s creative effervescence makes it a perfect candidate for UK City of Culture 2021.”

Amendments made to Union Terrace Gardens designs

Union Terrace Gardens_Rosemount ViaductLDA Design has submitted a raft of refinements to its Union Terrace Gardens proposals following feedback from the public.

The latest plans include a realignment of a proposed new walkway, linking Union Street to the Gardens, to reduce the potential impact on any future development of the adjacent railway line.

Steps have also been taken to provide further protection of the views and setting of the Robert Burns and Edward VII statues through redesign of the proposed buildings nearby.

The scheme refinements are in response to representations made about the detailed planning application submitted earlier this year. LDA Design has also been liaising with Historic Environment Scotland on developing the scheme.

Union Terrace Gardens_refinementsLDA Design, which is working alongside Stallan-Brand on the project, said its imaginative revamp of Aberdeen’s sunken Victorian Gardens respects the unique character and history of this heart-of-the-city space, whilst aiming to make it more social and more usable.

Director Kirstin Taylor, who is leading the project, said: “There’s so much beauty and charm in the Gardens. These amended plans get us even closer to capturing this and enhancing the existing heritage, enabling us to better balance traditional park enjoyment with new ideas and uses.

“We are working closely with all parties to make sure Union Terrace Gardens is a wonderful asset for the city for generations to come, a place where people belong.”

The amendment ensures the agreed six key design principles continue to be met: A preserved and enhanced green space; new and improved facilities; celebrating the heritage; creation of flexible events spaces; accessible Gardens for all; a safe and active space.
It is hoped that planning approval can be obtained as early as February.

Geology-inspired Jedburgh schools campus plans submitted

Jedburgh School

(Image: Scottish Borders Council)

Plans have been lodged by Scottish Borders Council to demolish a primary to make way for a new facility merging three schools in Jedburgh.

Working alongside Borders Council, Hub South East, BAM and TGP, the team are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

The project is one of four to share £28m from the latest phase of the Schools for the Future programme.

It would see Parkside Primary knocked down and merged with Howdenburn Primary and Jedburgh Grammar on a campus for children aged two to 18.

Stallan-Brand Architects, which has submitted the plans on behalf of the local authority, said: “The strong banding makes reference to the horizontal layering of Jedburgh Abbey, and the roof-forms create a distant character to the building which reacts the vernacular of the Jedburgh townscape of roofs and spires.

“The intention is to integrate planting on, and around, the wall forms to reinforce the concept of the landform drawn from the hillside.”

If the project receives approval it is hoped the new facility at Hartrigge Park could be open by 2020.