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East End gateway swings into actionEast End gateway swings into action (Evening Times)
A derelict city site the size of 10 football pitches is to undergo a £200million
makeover as work starts on the UK’s largest regeneration project of the financial
After lying vacant for almost 40 years, plans for the 1.1m sq ft site next to
High Street rail station were unveiled by Glasgow City Council leader Steven
Purcell and Alan MacDonald, boss of construction firm Dawn Group, a partner
in the development.
The first phase of the Collegelands project will see the construction of 102,000sq ft
of new council offices, alongside a multi-storey car park and 250 student flats.
There will also be a 200-bedroom hotel, the Ramada Encore, with a restaurant
and meeting rooms.
With planning permission granted, funding in place and basic groundworks already
under way, the council and Dawn Group anticipate completing work on the
project – dubbed ‘gateway to the east end’ – by summer 2011.
Construction will start next month.
The council chief described the development as a “major regeneration boost”
for the city and the East End in particular.
He said: “Delivering new homes and amenity space for the public and a sizeable
amount of commercial and office space, the development of Collegelands will
create a vibrant and exciting new area in the city.”
Mr MacDonald added: “In times like this, the Collegelands development is a
tremendous achievement and testament to how public and private partnerships
can work successfully to create employment and economic regeneration among
local communities and which contributes to the city as a whole.”
The project is also the first major undertaking by the council’s flagship
Commonwealth Apprenticeship Initiative, with more than 20 young apprentices
being recruited to the scheme by City Building – the council’s arms-length construction
and facilities management company – which has secured contracts worth £6m to
fit out the office blocks and car park.
The site was home to the original University of Glasgow buildings between 1460
After the university moved to the west end, the land became home to the City of
Glasgow Union Railway and since that closed in 1968, the vast tract of land
sandwiched between the Merchant City and east end has lain largely empty.
However, many of the area’s older features and buildings are being incorporated
into the new development, including the A-listed Ladywell Business Centre,
originally designed by architect John Burnet in 1858 as the Alexander’s Endowed
The windowed red brick wall of the goods warehouse in Duke Street will form an
integral part the new office building. Conversion of the former Great Eastern
Hotel into housing, nursery and business centre in a separate project by Milnbank
Housing is already under way.
The development will also include a water feature on the southern edge of the
development, next to protected leisure and recreational green space.
A further 480 flats are also planned for the site, suject to funding and planning
Offt, if you dont catch they hard hats on the way back down, yer in for a sore heid
Don't worry Stu, the gravitational field around Purcells' nut will doubtless draw them all into a low orbit and out of harms way.
can anyone interested in the Eastend of Glasgow , please contact Clydegateway, if you think the Olympia Picture Hall lying derelict should be an Ice Rink, Im all for it, think it would bring people into the Eastend who wouldnt have previously visited, and the place would light up again, as it once did in the evenings.. Also bring in jobs and encourage kids to get off their computers and join the ice hockey and figure skaters.. we might see a champion in the future, and isnt it about time we have our own Ice Rink.. thank you ... email@example.com