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post updated 9 Feb 2021

Glasgow Architecture News 2021

9 Feb 2021
Langside Halls: View New Proposals And Have Your Say

In October 2020 Langside Halls Trust, with funding from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Heritage Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund Scotland, appointed Glasgow-based Hoskins Architects to lead a team of consultants including culture & heritage consultants, Jura Consultants to undertake a 20 week feasibility study of Glasgow’s Langside Halls.

6 Feb 2021
Cadworks, Glasgow City Centre

Please see details below on ‘Cadworks’ development, in Glasgow City Centre, that will be ‘Net Zero Carbon (NZC)’ in operation and powered only by renewable electricity when it completes in October 2021.

Glasgow’s ‘cadworks’ Announced As ‘net Zero Carbon’ And Powered Only By Renewable Electricity

FORE Partnership, the purpose-driven real estate investment platform, has announced that its ‘Cadworks’ development, in Glasgow City Centre, will be ‘Net Zero Carbon (NZC)’ in operation and powered only by renewable electricity.

Cadworks Glasgow City Centre building design

The 94,000 sq.ft. speculative office development, due to be completed to coincide with Glasgow’s global climate summit in November 2021, will be one of the first large-scale office buildings in the City to be fully carbon neutral in operation. With the UK and Scottish Governments setting ambitious carbon-reduction targets, Cadworks will act as an exemplar building for the City’s future. Carbon neutrality, or ‘NZC’ is achieved by balancing carbon dioxide emissions with their removal or eliminating the emissions altogether.

Also featuring the country’s first cycle-in access ramp as well as parking only for bicycles and a small number of electric cars, Cadworks has sustainability at its very core. 75% of suppliers during the build come from the local area; materials such as glass, steel, wood and concrete are recycled and all electricity, which will be tracked via Smart meters, comes from renewable sources. FORE Partnership has also been awarded B Corp status for its commitment to building an inclusive and sustainable community.

Basil Demeroutis, managing partner, FORE, said: “One of FORE Partnership’s unshakable pillars is responsible and thoughtful stewardship of our increasingly fragile environment. Cadworks will fully demonstrate that world-class headquarter space can be built without negative environmental impact and we hope that our innovation acts as a showcase for future builds, not only in Glasgow but across the world.

“Our industry must lead the way in forward thinking and in creating change so that we can continue to create new space, generate employment and support communities whilst at the same time, safeguarding the planet. This has never been more important and we hope that Cadworks acts as an exemplar building for the sector.”

Cadworks is due for completion in October 2021.

5 Feb 2021
RIBA responds to launch of Government’s school rebuilding programme

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has responded to the Government’s launch of the first phase of the School Rebuilding Programme.

See our RIBA news 2021 page for more details

27 Jan 2021
Need For 25,000 New Homes Each Year in Scotland

Politicians Urged To Unite Around Need For 25,000 New Homes Each Year To Give Confidence To Consumers, Certainty For Business And +£25 Billion Economic Boost

27th of January 2021 – Clear statement of intent required from all parties ahead of election

With the importance of ensuring everyone living in Scotland has a quality home that meets their needs never more apparent, the country’s home building industry today urged politicians across all parties to support a shared ambition to achieve and consistently deliver at least 25,000 new homes each year.

The call comes as trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) launches its manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections: “Piecing the Housing Jigsaw Together”. As well as highlighting the massive +£25 billion contribution this would make to the economy over the next parliamentary term, the document emphasises the impact housing has across a wide range of policy areas as well as the interdependencies between public and private sectors.

HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:

“Housing is fundamental to both the desire for inclusive growth and the human right to an adequate standard of living, yet Scotland still doesn’t have enough of the homes it needs for its citizens.

“This shortage has built up over decades, compounded by the global financial crisis of 2008 since which time some 90,000 fewer homes than needed have been built. Whilst we have seen some positive progress being made in recent years, there has only been a target for affordable housing. We fully recognise the importance of this but we also need to make sure that we are delivering enough homes of all tenures. The next Scottish Parliament has the opportunity to ensure we do just that.

“This is vital for Scotland’s post-covid recovery given the huge economic and social benefits new housing brings, not to mention the crucial role it has to play in terms of increasing energy-efficiency and tackling fuel poverty.

“But the process of delivering much-needed housing is extremely complex and challenging. Our manifesto draws attention to the myriad of different elements that need to be brought together and the premise is very simple: no piece can be missing from the jigsaw if Scotland’s housing objectives are to be achieved.”

The need for a clear statement of intent on the ambition to deliver at least 25,000 new homes of all tenures each year is top of the HFS priority list in terms of focusing minds and encouraging private sector investment at a time when the industry acknowledges that public finances are under tremendous strain.

Barclay believes everything else flows from this, adding:

“Everyone has a role to play to make sure we have the homes our people need: national government, local authorities, public sector, private sector, the population at large. This is the opportunity and mechanism with which to galvanise them all.”

Homes for Scotland is calling for the delivery of 25,000 new homes of all tenures each year which it says can be achieved through:

 Support for consumer and business confidence
 Specific measures to support Affordable Housing
 A deliverable housing vision
 Leadership towards green transition
 Support for SME home builders
 A national delivery agency
 A planning system focused on the delivery of quality homes and places
 Up-front strategic infrastructure delivery
 Promotion of low-carbon housing
 Alignment of national and local policy

For further information, please visit


Homes for Scotland represents c200 companies which together provide the vast majority of all new homes built across the country. Visit for further information or follow us on Twitter at

Homes for Scotland’s 2021 Scottish Parliament election manifesto “Piecing the Housing Jigsaw Together” can be accessed here.

The 90,000 fewer homes figure referred to is based on Scottish Government all sector housing completion statistics which can be accessed here. Assuming annual pre-financial crisis production levels would have been maintained at around 25,000, these show 88,224 fewer homes have been built since 2008.

Scotland’s home building industry is a major contributor to the country’s social and economic wellbeing. As well as every home built supporting four jobs, new housing delivery results in improved health and education outcomes and generates over £3bn per annum in direct, indirect and induced GVA.

Given its fundamental importance to our social wellbeing and strong economic multiplier effects, housing delivery can be the springboard for a Scotland-wide recovery from the impact of Coronavirus. Find out about the action we believe is necessary to achieve this here.

6 Jan 2021
Glasgow’s Met Tower £100m refurb gets green light

Plans to transform the city’s iconic college tower, dubbed the Met, into a hotel with leisure and grade A office space are set to become a reality.

Glasgow city council has granted developers Osborne & Co detailed planning permission to convert the 11-storey tower into a 260-bed hotel with grade A office for up to 1,200 people.

The redevelopment of the 1960s B-listed building on North Hanover Street will also offer 25-23,000 sq ft of retail leisure, food and drink space.

Glasgow Met Tower building design

Osborne & Co development director Will Hean said: “Achieving planning consent comes at a critical time in the real estate market which continues to be challenged because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite this, we are committed to investing significantly in Glasgow as we recognise the strength and diversity of the Glasgow economy. Glasgow’s tech sector in particular will be significant as the economy works its way back to strength.”

Tower set to be tech magnet

The building lies in the city’s innovation district close to the University of Strathclyde’s technology and innovation centre and the Inovo building which have attracted a host of tech firms.

Brokers Hank Zarihs Associates said development finance lenders regarded the area as a business hot spot and were keen to offer funding for refurbishment and new building schemes.
Osborne & Co plans to demolish an existing ‘podium’ building facing Cathedral Street to make way for the hotel, which would connect to the Met Tower via a landscaped plaza.

A flexible double-height auditorium space is to be created below the plaza which could also suit a market hall, co-working space or suite meeting rooms and theatre-style conferencing facilities. This would link to the reception level of the tower and will have its own separate entrance on North Hanover Street.

The project team for the refurbishment of the tower and surrounding developments include architects Cooper Cromar and structural engineering firm Woolgar Hunter. Environmental design and mechanical & electrical consultants Atelier Ten, planning and property advisors Savills, construction consultants Gardiner & Theobald and quantity surveying consultants Thomas & Adamson are also involved.

Glasgow’s College of Building and Printing was opened in 1964 by Labour prime minister Howard Wilson and was designed by Wylie Shanks Architects.

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21 Dec 2020
2020 Visions reanimates disused spaces in the centre of Glasgow

Our high streets are changing. Office blocks are emptying. Our need for shared human experience remains the same.

2020 Visions asks what the future of our neighbourhoods will be and presents it as a series of scenes in nine sites around the Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Street level windows have been taken over with installations inspired by the stories and ideas of local people, who contributed to the project online and through social media by sharing their hopes and dreams for the future. Part promenade, part treasure hunt, part collective dream, 2020 Visions empowers us all to reflect and imagine a brighter future during the darkest week of the winter.

2020 Visions is a concept where anything is possible. The creative team transformed ideas submitted by the public into temporary reality, working with local businesses and community interest companies to transform the streetscape. A core feature of 2020 Visions is collaboration with emerging artists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Visual artists Sekai Machache, Samuel Temple, and Saoirse Anis joined with the 2020 Visions team of theatre technicians, lighting designers, and set designers in a creative mash-up which has produced curious and playful artworks in response to the question “What does our future hold?”. Visions have been reflective, resonant, thought provoking, and fun.

As the days get shorter and night comes earlier, 2020 Visions has populated empty spaces with light and re-animated the Trongate neighbourhood with hope.

You can share your vision through the project website

Nich Smith Lighting Design
Telephone: +44 (0) 7740 375 161

2 Dec 2020
New Glasgow Architectural Photos
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20 Nov 2020
Cloch Lighthouse in Gourock
Design: Benjamin Tindall Architects
Cloch Lighthouse Gourock building
photograph courtesy of Andrew Samuel at
Cloch Lighthouse in Gourock
Guiding light. Dougall Baillie Associates to advise on changes to home at the Cloch Lighthouse. The professional services of a Lanarkshire civil and structural specialist have been enlisted to advise on a significant upgrade to accommodation at one of Scotland’s most picturesque and dramatically-situated lighthouses.

19 Nov 2020
Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel
Architects: Mosaic Architecture + Design
Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel Glasgow
image courtesy of architects
Holiday Inn Pacific Quay Hotel
Mosaic Architecture + Design, one of Scotland’s most experienced practices, has secured Glasgow City Council planning approval to build an £18m Holiday Inn Pacific Quay hotel on the site of the former Glasgow Garden Festival.

7 Nov 2020
Merchant City boutique hotel
Merchant City hotel Glasgow
DM Hall presents rare 18 room boutique hotel development opportunity in Glasgow’s Merchant City at offers over £1.33m:
Merchant City Property News

5 Nov 2020
Graven imbues a spirit of conviviality in new Chivas Brothers HQ in Glasgow

International design studio Graven, has designed new, award-winning offices for Chivas Brothers, the Scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, on Blythswood Square in Glasgow’s city centre:

Chivas Brothers Glasgow Offices

1 Nov 2020
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