River Pavilion project goes ahead

11 Dec 2007

Wilson Bowden Developments has been selected as the preferred developer to design and build a stylish new £10m restaurant quarter on the waterfront within Glasgow city centre.

Glasgow City Council has chosen Wilson Bowden to develop 30,000 sq. ft of pavilions which will house a series of bars, restaurants and cafes on the banks of the River Clyde at the Broomielaw, adjacent to the city's International Financial Services District.

The Broomielaw Pavilions, built over two storeys and featuring a striking "wave form" roof, will be situated on the north bank of the river, next to a new pedestrian bridge linking Broomielaw with Tradeston on the south side.

Along with the new bridge, the development is expected to play a key role in the ongoing regeneration of the Clyde within the core city centre and draw people to the waterfront.

It will also bolster the growing vibrancy of Atlantic Quay, Wilson Bowden's adjacent office development which now comprises over one million sq. ft of floor space, supporting over 8,000 jobs in blue chip companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, BT, AXA, Scottish Power and Cap Gemini.

Jim Fitzsimons, development director at Wilson Bowden Developments Ltd, said: "This development is all about allowing the people of Glasgow and visitors to re-engage with the River Clyde. They will now be able to walk from the city centre to enjoy the waterfront and visit a vibrant new leisure quarter.

"It will also add to the growing success of Atlantic Quay as an '18-hour' district with offices, hotels, shops and now world-class leisure facilities. We see this attracting signature restaurants and cafes which will allow people to relax and dine overlooking the waterfront. It's set to become a major new attraction and will play a key part in allowing Glasgow to maximise the potential of its city centre waterfront."

Glasgow City councillors recently approved revised plans to build a new pedestrian bridge to link Broomielaw and Tradeston with the aim of revitalising the city centre waterfront as a prime leisure attraction.

The area earmarked for the pavilions, adjacent to Robertson Street, is currently open space owned by the city council.  There is scope to extend the project to the east into Clyde Place and to the west to Anderston Quay.

Wilson Bowden recently announced it had begun work on the next stage of its Atlantic Quay project on Glasgow's waterfront, constructing a new £26 million 11-storey office building named The Capella with retail and leisure space on the ground floor.

The building will provide a total of 111,000 sq. ft of office and retail space and, as the tallest building in the Broomielaw area, will form the centrepiece of the city's new business quarter.

In addition to 108,000 sq. ft of prime office space, the building's ground floor will house 3,000 square feet of retail and leisure space.

Construction will begin shortly and is scheduled for completion in August 2009. The first phase of work on the site has begun with some soft landscaping and further enhancement of the public realm is also planned.

The building itself takes its name from Capella, which is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga and the eleventh brightest star in the sky. This will develop the ongoing 'constellation' theme which has been used throughout the streetscape in the Atlantic Quay area.

Wilson Bowden Developments is a commercial property development business focused on retail, leisure, office, industrial and mixed-use schemes.


For further information, please contact Brian McClean or Gavin Cameron at the BIG Partnership on 0141 333 9585.

  • Architect's impression by BDP/Wilson Bowden