Clyde Gateway eyes office plan for former Orange Order HQ
Clyde Gateway has applied for planning to extend its existing office space at Orr Street in Bridgeton into the nearby Olympia House.
Over the past 20 years, the former Salvation Army hall, which was acquired by the regeneration body last year, has been headquarters of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.
The building on Olympia Street was designed by Glasgow architect John Hamilton in 1927.
Under plans designed by O’DonnellBrown, internal partitions will be stripped out to create open plan office space for local businesses.
A design statement submitted with the application explained: “This project seeks to return this prominent building to commercial use creating a modern, flexible and well-designed internal working environment.
“It is proposed to undertake extensive ‘defurb’ works internally, whilst retaining conservation elements to create New Olympia House.
“Works will include the removal of existing partitions to create open-plan floor plates, replacement of existing external windows and doors, upgrade and refurbishment of existing external courtyard to create a new accessible public entrance and installation of lift to improve accessibility.”
The statement added: “There is an opportunity to pick up on the existing pattern of vertical elements along Olympia Street, looking specifically at the bay pattern on the elevation of Olympia House itself, and add to this to create a new vertical element to signify a new accessible entrance and create a unique character and identity for new Olympia House.
“Crucially, the entrance structure would be transparent and lightweight, to allow sunlight to flood into the newly refurbished courtyard.”