Herald Building Glasgow, Merchant City Apartments, Scottish city A-listed property refurbishment photos

The Herald Building, Glasgow

Merchant City Flats by FM Developments, Strathclyde, Scotland – 149 new apartments designed by 3D Architects

post updated 27 November 2023 ; 6 Mar 2021

Original design: architect / engineer Sir Owen Williams, England

Redevelopment design: 3D Architects, Edinburgh

The Herald Building Glasgow

The show apartment is located on Albion Street, in Glasgow’s Merchant City

Herald Building Glasgow
rear facade of the property to west, photograph © Adrian Welch

Herald Building Glasgow

Building entry facade to east:
Herald Building Glasgow
Albion Street flats picture © Adrian Welch

The A listed building from the 1920s was formerly the home of the Glasgow Herald and the Evening Times. A £25m refurbishment of the nine storey Herald Building by FM Developments has created 149 apartments.

3D Architects were commissioned to produce proposals for the renovation of this former print works and offices in the heart of Glasgow’s Merchant City. This significant grade A listed building was originally completed in 1937 for Lord Beaverbrook as flagship premises for his Daily Express newspaper.

Attributed to celebrated engineer Sir Owen Williams it was a striking, modern creation of black vitrolite, steel and glass which stood in stark contrast to the surrounding stone constructions so typical of Glasgow at that time.

Innovative use of a cantilevered, reinforced concrete portal frame construction and early curtain walled facades resulted in expansive open plan floor plates with continuous ribbons of glazing flooding the spaces with daylight.

Over the decades the original glazing system had failed, the reinforced concrete had eroded revealing the reinforcement bars and the flat roofs were no longer water tight.

Glasgow herald building on the left:
Glasgow herald building
Albion Street property photo © Adrian Welch

Merchant City Apartments – Property Information

Project: The Herald Building
Location: Albion Street, Glasgow
Client: Fm Developments & Blue Sky Media
Architect: 3dreid
Structural Engineer: Jacobs Babtie
Services Engineer: The Hawthorne Boyle Partnership Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Thomas & Adamson

Contact the Herald Building: 0141 552 8877

Merchant City

Buildings close by to the Glasgow Herald include:

Todd Building:

Todd Building Glasgow Todd Building Todd Building
building exterior photos © Adrian Welch

FM developments Website: www.fmdevelopments.com

The property selling agents for the Herald Building are Slater Hogg & Howison.

Images of these Merchant City apartments have been requested

Glasgow Walking Tours

Merchant City Architecture

Contemporary Merchant City Residential Property Designs – recent proeprties selection below:

Ingram Street Property Development
65-97 Ingram Street Glasgow

Candleriggs Square Apartments Merchant City
Candleriggs Square Apartments Merchant City

Key Property Projects located close by

Italian Centre – shops
Italian Centre
photo © Adrian Welch
Italian Centre
This is a delightful boutique retail complex, centred on a small public square. The public realm is of good quality, with quite a few interestign artworks and a lovely rill of water.

Glasgow City Chambers
City Chambers Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
Glasgow City Chambers

Trades Hall Glasgow
Trades Hall Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
Trades Hall Glasgow

A different building:
Glasgow Herald by Rennie Mackintosh

Glasgow Architecture

Major Strathclyde Building Designs – selection:

The Lighthouse – Scottish centre for Architecture and Design

Kelvingrove Gallery Building
Kelvingrove Gallery Glasgow museum
photo © Adrian Welch
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
The layout of the galleries configured symmetrically around the East and West Courts and the Central Hall could not be simpler. However, during the last 100 years there have been a myriad of changes that have, to a greater or lesser extent, put demands on a building that it was not originally designed to accommodate.

Infiniti Glasgow – property project by FM Developments

Glasgow Cross, East End
Design: Gholami Baines Architects
Glasgow Cross

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