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65m overhaul for George Square eyesore office block

65m overhaul for George Square eyesore office block (Evening Times)



AN EYESORE office block occupying one of the most prestigious sites in Glasgow
is to be transformed into an "iconic landmark".


George House, a 1970s' box-like structure occupying half of the northern face
of George Square, is scheduled to undergo a 65million overhaul after its
owners submitted plans yesterday.

Part of the plan for the building, currently home to accountancy firm Ernst
& Young, involves a terraced restaurant and convention facilities. The proposed
new building would also create 27,000 sq m of office space.

George House's owners, Redevco, have been working with Glasgow City
Council and Historic Scotland to establish the design concepts with a loose
deadline of 2014.

Redevco is hosting an exhibition of its redevelopment plans at Princes Square
from 2pm to 7pm today and Friday.

Scottish firm Reiach and Hall has secured the design aspect of the new building.

Director Neil Gillespie is currently Architect of the Year, and designed the
award-winning Beatson Institute for Cancer Research at Glasgow's Gartnavel
Hospital with fellow director Lyle Chrystie.

Mr Chrystie said: "We have focused on designing a building that takes full
advantage of its site on George Square and is an appropriate neighbour
to the City Chambers.

"All of the major design decisions have been made with this in mind. We
have been inspired by Glasgow's rich tradition of commercial and mercantile
buildings and hope this can add to and extend this heritage."

Built in 1979, George House is widely accepted as poor quality architecture,
in sharp contrast to most of the surrounding listed buildings. It was bought
by Redevco in 2003 for 18m, the biggest office transaction that year in
Glasgow.

The redevelopment plans also come at a time when the 230-year-old
square could be on the cusp of one of its biggest overhauls in recent
history. The city council has indicated that it would like to pedestrianise
part of the street network around George Square, while the completion of
the high-profile, 70m redevelopment of the GPO building is expected by
the end of 2009.

Speculation continues that the old GPO will become the new Glasgow home
of Ernst & Young.



James H
James



 


James H
Fjord

Yet another glass box... who'd have guessed that bit of architectural genius?    
glasgowken

Crap. What's there now looks better and that's saying something.
What a shame the early building was pulled down
Stuball

Offt, thats hideous
Marti

Why can't they give us a building that compliments the C CHs instead of
these modern monstrosities. I was on a walkabout on wedensday in the city, and i was impressed with the amount of great looking buildings we do still have.
Rucola

Re: 65m overhaul for George Square eyesore office block

evening times wrote:

Built in 1979, George House is widely accepted as poor quality architecture,
in sharp contrast to most of the surrounding listed buildings. It was bought
by Redevco in 2003 for 18m, the biggest office transaction that year in
Glasgow.


Would be interesting to read what the Evening Times wrote about it in 1979! Has there ever been a construction project the ET didn't like?
streapadair

Re: 65m overhaul for George Square eyesore office block

Quote:
Has there ever been a construction project the ET didn't like?


The thing is, the ET, like every paper of its type, doesn't employ enough journalists to fill the news pages so it just tends to trot out, more or less verbatim, the developer's press release, which can be relied upon to be favourable.

Here's what preceded George House.

James

Nice pic, streapadair.  

George Square, 1960s


George Square, c.1975




James H
Marti

Nice 70s pic...
Hopalong Cassidy

james73 wrote:





James H


That looks worse than we already have
wee minx

Looks like so many others that have ben pulled down recently
James

Re: 65m overhaul for George Square eyesore office block

65m plan for offices thrown out (Evening Times)



PLANS to transform an eyesore office block in George Square, Glasgow, have
been rejected after the design was branded an "aesthetic disaster".


A 65million overhaul for George House would have included a terraced
restaurant and convention facilities for the building, which is currently home
to accountancy firm Ernst & Young.

It would also have created 27,000 sq m of office space.

However, the glass-fronted design put forward by Edinburgh firm Reiach and
Hall was rejected by an 8-6 vote of councillors, despite being recommended
for approval by planning officers.

The committee said the design was not sympathetic to the surrounding listed
buildings, with one councillor commenting it resembled a failed 1970s building.

Neil Gillespie, director of Reiach and Hall, is currently Architect of the Year and
designed the award-winning Beatson Institute for Cancer Research at the Gartnavel
Hospital with fellow director Lyle Christie.

Redevco, the owner of George House, has been working with Glasgow City
Council and Historic Scotland on design concepts for the building.

Councillor Paul Coleshill, who sits on the council's planning committee, said:
"George Square is a conservation area and to put something there it needs to
enhance or preserve the area. I would have no problem with an innovative,
bold and modern building going in there, but in my opinion this was not one of
them. It is neither ambitious nor a good pastiche of the past.

"It is an aesthetic disaster. In my opinion it looks like a failed 1970s building.
The building that is there is better than the current design. We don't want something
that looks exactly like the City Chambers, but this is a very sensitive site."

Mr Gillespie said: "We are obviously very disappointed and it is disappointing
for Glasgow. We have worked very closely with the council's planning department
and the design has not been taken lightly.

"We need to establish if this was a personal opinion or whether it is held by a
number of people."

Built in 1979, George House - a box-like structure occupying half of the northern
face of the Square - is widely accepted as poor quality architecture, in sharp
contrast to most of the surrounding listed buildings.

It was bought by Redevco in 2003 for 18million.



James H
cybers

MYTHBUSTERS...

They will have it sorted in a jiffy...

Then they can start with a nice new blank canvas... They surely cant risk a fire  

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