Key site unveiled for new £5m office block

08 Dec 2009

by Deborah Anderson, Evening Times

A new £5.1million development will involve the construction of a four-storey state of the art office block close to the site of the new Southern General Hospital.

Award-winning Glasgow architects gm + ad, who were involved with the city centre Radisson Hotel and Hazelwood School near Mosspark, have come up with yet another state of the art design.

Developers Calmont Metro Ltd lodged a planning application with Glasgow City Council seeking the go-ahead for the office block.

And if it gets the go-ahead, work could start around the middle of next year.

The 42,000sq ft office building in Moss Road would regenerate the former McDonald's site which lies close to Lidl supermarket.

Designers say its location on the approach road to the Clyde Tunnel would make it a key site.

Chris Malcolm, project director with gm + ad architects, said: "The design marks the gateway to the city from the airport and M8, and ­reinforces the urban grid pattern of Govan.

"The development is adjacent to the proposed new Southern General hospital, and will provide much needed office accommodation for a range of businesses as part of the regeneration of the area.

"It is identified as an area in need of office accommodation and this site is an excellent location. The transport links means it is well placed for either side of the Clyde Tunnel and we hope it will become a landmark building.

"We are hoping a decision will be made early next year with work likely to begin around mid to late 2010."

The Glasgow architects behind the office development were also involved in the pioneering Hazelwood School on the south side of the city.

Last year it won a major architectural award. Hazelwood, which caters for deaf and blind children some with severe learning or mobility difficulties, won an Honour Award at the US-based DesignShare Awards.

The DesignShare Awards recognise projects that - by design - support the learning process.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council confirmed an application had been lodged in connection with the Moss Road development and a decision was still to be taken.

An impressive design will be built if the planning application is given the go-ahead.

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald and Times group.

  • Artist's impression of new office block, supplied by gm + ad architects