£8.3m media Hub will house creative talent

11 May 2007

Evening Times, by Ross McKinnon

Work has started on an £8.3million office to house up to 50 small "creative industries" businesses within in the city's new media village by the Clyde.

The Hub - as developers have named it - will be situated next to Glasgow Science Centre, the new BBC Scotland studios and the stv headquarters on Pacific Quay and is expected to be completed by February 2009.

The three-storey glass fronted building will contain a cafe/bar and shops which will be open to the public as well as tenants of the office space.

As the Evening Times reported last month, Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio (DDS) has already signed a 15-year lease to become tenants and expect to accommodate 135 students and 40 staff there.

The remaining space in the 73,000 sq feet development will be rented out to dozens of small businesses.

Ian Robertson, formerly the director of property at the BBC and now a board member of The Hub's developers, Downtown Space Properties LLP, said: "Our aim is to build a community of people with as many as 50 tenants or around 400 people in The Hub.

"The overall theme will be attracting creative industries to the site.

"Tenants will be able to rent small units - from 200 square feet up to 2000 square feet.

"The DDS are our anchor tenants with 14,500 square feet and there are 35,000 square feet left to rent.

"The rest of the space will be given over to the courtyard area where people will be able to relax with the cafe/bar."

Mr Robertson, who has personally invested in The Hub, which has been designed by Glasgow-based architects Cooper Cromar, said he is "thrilled" with how the digital media campus by the River Clyde is shaping up.

He said: "I was instrumental in creating what is there today for the BBC at Pacific Quay so it is wonderful to continue with this - albeit smaller but just as vital - development.

"Because of the focus already on the site - with the BBC and stv owners Scottish Media Group - we want to encourage media-related businesses.

"I am thrilled how the campus is shaping up and it is good to take a hands-on role in its future."

Stuart Patrick, operations director at Scottish Enterprise Glasgow which is overseeing the wider development of the digital media campus, said The Hub showed how important it is to attract smaller businesses to the area.

He said: "To date the emphasis has been on attracting large-scale investment such as the BBC and stv headquarters, but it is just as important to attract smaller, highly specialised teams who can work with these big players and develop new applications for their technology.

"The provision of space to enable smaller media companies to play a role in the growth of a world-class digital community at Pacific Quay is an important step in the development of the site."

 

Reproduced with the permission of the Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

  • Architect's impression of The Hub building, by Cooper Cromar

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