Cooper Cromar has recently completed with BAM Properties a new mixed-use development designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, offering ground floor Retail with Grade A office space above totalling an impressive 224,000ft². The building has already attracted a range of blue chip occupiers including Brodies, Grant Thornton, Deloitte, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Armani, and CAU.
The nine-storey development is encased within a concave façade of glazed curtain walling and is located on the site of the former Bank of Scotland Building in Glasgow City Centre. The building reinstates the building line of Ingram Street and Queen Street while enhancing pedestrian flow from Buchanan Street to the Merchant City.
The curvature of the building makes reference to the curved corner form of the original David and James Hamilton building completed in1839 which occupied the site prior to the construction of the 1960’s bank building. The south west and south east corners of the building build upon this historic precedent and deliver an appropriate contemporary and urban response at these important city corners. At ground floor level the softer building form enhances pedestrian flow and the quality of the new public realm to the forecourt and perimeter of the building in addition to the façade reflecting the prominent Gallery of Modern Art which forms a centrepiece to the adjacent Royal Exchange Square.