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iiisecondcreep

One West Regent Street - old Odeon cinema

http://www.theconstructionindex.c...entral-glasgow-office-development

The contractor’s appointment for the 143,000 sq ft development at 1 West Regent Street follows the completion of the site’s acquisition by Mountgrange Real Estate Opportunity Fund and PRUPIM. They acquired the site from Duddingstone House (Renfield Street) Ltd.

The development site is located in the central core of Glasgow, near Queen Street station and next to the Buchanan Street shopping area. The 10-storey building will be the first significant newbuild Grade A office building started in Glasgow’s Central Business District in nearly five years.

Demolition is expected to start on site shortly and be completed by the end of the year. Sir Robert McAlpine is expected to complete the new development in December 2014.
Hawick_1987

Work has been going on here since before Xmas. The place is now teeming with people!
iiisecondcreep

Yup, think they are getting towards the end of the demolition stage. From memory I think the construction is due to start in march.
IBrown

I had to go to the 'glass & steel' office block immediately opposite the NE corner of the rear of the Odeon a few weeks back. I'm not in Glasgow very often and that was the first I knew the Odeon had closed. Scaffolding yes, renovation yes, but demolition of the building didn't enter my head ... even passed it last Saturday on my way up Renfield Street to find a pub with a big screen showing Scotland v England Rugby..

I remember that Glass & Steel building first going up and thought what an eyesore, didn't blend in with Victorian buildings at all. Saw much the same on these two visits - IMO a right mess is being made when siting the new with the old.
norrie

I passed by on Tuesday, could hear work going on inside but no sign of any demolition  from the outside, will pop up this week to check
kev

From 2009


iiisecondcreep

norrie wrote:
I passed by on Tuesday, could hear work going on inside but no sign of any demolition  from the outside, will pop up this week to check


The are retaining the facade, just the inside being demolished. Not sure of the extent of the demolition though.
John

iiisecondcreep wrote:
norrie wrote:
I passed by on Tuesday, could hear work going on inside but no sign of any demolition  from the outside, will pop up this week to check


The are retaining the facade, just the inside being demolished. Not sure of the extent of the demolition though.


Only the Art Deco front facade is being retained ie; the white bit, The scaffold you see is where they will separate the red brick rear to be demolished. If they get that ready for McAlpine by March they will be doing well, its a huge project with lots of soft strip internally before demolition.
iiisecondcreep

Wasn't sure as I know the demolition stage is due to finish soon but I know there is still a fair amount standing inside.
Beano

John wrote:
iiisecondcreep wrote:
norrie wrote:
I passed by on Tuesday, could hear work going on inside but no sign of any demolition  from the outside, will pop up this week to check


The are retaining the facade, just the inside being demolished. Not sure of the extent of the demolition though.


Only the Art Deco front facade is being retained ie; the white bit, The scaffold you see is where they will separate the red brick rear to be demolished. If they get that ready for McAlpine by March they will be doing well, its a huge project with lots of soft strip internally before demolition.

John...same as the old Olympia
James

https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov....ocuments&keyVal=LNUQOZEX0FZ00

11/01543/DC | Partial demolition of vacant cinema (brick auditorium only) and erection of mixed office/commercial development, including business (Class 4) with ancillary retail (Class 1), financial professional and other services (Class 2) and food and drink (Class 3), operating premises licence and formation of basement car parking with associated ground engineering and public realm works and temporary use of cleared site as public realm/events space, including associated ground engineering, hard and soft landscaping works including use of recycled materials, erection of selective screen hoardings with graphics, formation of temporary kiosk (retail/ticket space) and installation of two x 7.5 metre high back projection screens (pvc perforated mesh on sub frame scaffold base fames). | Site At 52-62 Renfield Street Glasgow









James H
Beano

Aye...that should blend in well with the rest of the surrounding architecture  
discominer

james73 wrote:
https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov....ocuments&keyVal=LNUQOZEX0FZ00
temporary use of cleared site as public realm/events space, including associated ground engineering, hard and soft landscaping works including use of recycled materials, erection of selective screen hoardings with graphics, formation of temporary kiosk (retail/ticket space) and installation of two x 7.5 metre high back projection screens (pvc perforated mesh on sub frame scaffold base fames). | Site At 52-62 Renfield Street Glasgow





James H


Gap site then?
Hawick_1987

Beano wrote:
Aye...that should blend in well with the rest of the surrounding architecture  


Especially the 'To Let' sign and the never ending roadworks...  
norrie

Ah well another project for me to take photos of, gives me something to do, hope its steel framed, I am a sucker for that type of erection
Hawick_1987

norrie wrote:
Ah well another project for me to take photos of, gives me something to do, hope its steel framed, I am a sucker for that type of erection


Beano

norrie wrote:
I am a sucker for that type of erection


   
Vinny the Mackem

Stuball

I'd love to be on that demolition team... thing of the treasures to be found
James

Demolition spells the end for landmark city cinema (© Evening Times)



Demolition crews have moved in to pull down the historic Odeon cinema after a
bid to save the listed building failed.


Workers from Dem-Masters are now on site emptying out the B-listed venue that
is to be converted into a 10-storey office and retail block. Campaigners launched
a bid to rescue the space, which drew interest from music show producer Sir Cameron
Mackintosh.

Steven Raeside, of the Scottish Preservation Society, had battled to try and save the
building, which he believes to be the last large cinema and music hall of its type in the
UK. Mr Raeside said: "It is a real shame to see this building go, not only because of its
architectural significance but because so little was done to try to save it. Losing this building
should be the final stopper. It should be the point where Glasgow begins to realise what
it has lost and not risk any more of our buildings."

The former Odeon cinema and Paramount music venue, which originally opened in 1934,
played host to some of the biggest stars of the day from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones
and Cliff Richard. It was sold as part of a £60million development plan that will see
most of the building knocked down, save for the Art Deco facade and foyer area.

In April last year the Evening Times told how Sir Cameron hoped to turn the former
cinema into a theatre and had commissioned colour sketches of how it could look. At
the time he said: "The last large auditorium is the old Odeon. I have come up with a
scheme where you could put a wonderful 2000-seater there, but the city doesn't seem to
want it. I would certainly contribute money towards it."

The 2800-seat venue, originally called the Paramount, became a landmark with its
art deco lobby and white granite curved facade. It closed in 2006 and has lain empty since
the last film was screened there. The demolition work follows a deal between owners
Duddingston House Properties, and developers Mountgrange and PRUPIM, who have bought
most of the building.

Demolition is expected to be completed by the end of this year, and the 143,000 sq ft of
Grade A office and retail space expected to be completed by December 2014.



James H
norrie

Hi james73, I never heard that  there was a plan to reopen it as a cinema, pity it fell through
James

Road delays as last curtain falls at city's Odeon (© Evening Times)

Key roads through Glasgow city centre are to close from mid- night tonight as
demolition starts on a landmark building.


The £60million project will transform the site of the old Odeon Cinema building at
the corner of Renfield Street and West Regent Street into a modern office block. In
order to carry out the work, West Regent Street from Renfield Street to West Nile
Street, and West Nile Street between Bath Street and West George Street, will
be closed. It is expected the closure will begin at midnight and be completed by
6am on Monday.

Nick Berry, a director with joint-developer Mountgrange, said: "We have had
two road closures in the past to allow ScottishPower to remove a substation. This
closure is to allow us to get the machinery in place for the demolition. The building
is scheduled to be completed by early 2015. At the moment the project is on time and
we expect to begin construction work in June."

During the works diversions will be in place southbound via Bath Street, Renfield
Street and West George Street and northbound via St Vincent Street, Hope Street
and Renfrew Street. The development is the first new-build of its kind in Glasgow's city
centre area in almost five years, and will help tackle an acute shortage of quality,
modern office accommodation in the city centre. Shop units on the ground floor are
also planned and construction work is expected to be completed in the run- up to
Christmas 2014.

While the developers, Mountgrange and PRUPIM, are doing away with the cinema's
red-brick auditorium, the historic art deco facade and foyer in Renfield Street are
being saved. Its construction is creating about 130 jobs. In a separate announcement,
Glasgow City Council have said Hope Street – from Renfrew Street to Cowcaddens
Road – is to close this weekend from 6am on Sunday until 6am on Monday to allow
crane work on the revamp of the Theatre Royal in Hope Street. A diversion will be in
place via Renfrew Street, West Nile Street, Port Dundas Road and Cowcaddens Road.


James H
Stuball

Is there really a shortage of office space in the city centre? Theres loads of new offices and most of them appear empty with commisionaires sitting in the lobby looking bored
cybers

Many of the so called occupied buildings in the city Stu are under subscribed too with many relocations outside the city going on just now.
Gap74

If you peer into the office block completed a couple of years ago right across from the back end of the Odeon, you'll see at least three empty floors on the directory board behind the reception desk...
cybers

The problem with that logic though Gap is there are many office spaces in Glasgow let to those without names.  
Makes Kentigern look like the odd one out and a decoy.
discominer

Gap74 wrote:
If you peer into the office block completed a couple of years ago right across from the back end of the Odeon, you'll see at least three empty floors on the directory board behind the reception desk...


My work overlooks that place and there's empty floors. We're having to move because the rent is H U G E and we can save megabucks by moving slightly out the city centre. Nuts to build more, nuts to charge what they're charging, but i can't figure the supply/demand logic.
Alex Glass

Passed there today and got a couple of shots. They have started to seperate the front from the back













Stevie

heres some pics i managed to grab at the start of the week from west nile st, 18.3.13.


1. (4) by -stevie, on Flickr


1. (3) by -stevie, on Flickr


1. (2) by -stevie, on Flickr


1. (1) by -stevie, on Flickr

this was the thursday, 21.3.13


1. (5) by -stevie, on Flickr
norrie

Trust me to be on holiday when they started the demolition
Must get up to town very soon
Good shots
Gap74

Top tip - now that Forever 21 has opened in the new Buchanan Quarter development behind the cinema, there's a smashing view of the demolition from the top floor window - although I'm told it involves a trip through the lingerie section...

I've been logging the demolition on a Facebook page for former staff, not sure if you can view it without a Facebook account, but it's here if anyone wants to try:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.366881370091913&type=1
norrie

Hi gap74 great photos and you have caught the steel fabricators name ,Redpath Brown of Cambuslang
I must try and visit tomorrow, weather permitting

Lingerie dept, think I will ask my wife to join  me
Vinny the Mackem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE94JUrpyfY
Vinny the Mackem

If you click on the little picture in the link, you get a good quality picture of the demolition site.

http://www.reddit.com/r/glasgow/c...demolition_the_best_reason_to_go/

The actual picture is very big (dimension wise) so would destroy the layout of the page!

http://i.imgur.com/pIZSzY0.jpeg
norrie

I managed to get some shots on Sunday, I had my wife with me but never bothered going into Forever 21, might have cost me

Every time I passed the Odeon at West Nile st, it looked that big, now that the largest part has been demolished, it looks small
aedan

Cycled past this morning. There isn't much of the back end left. You can see the original projection holes from before it was divided. There are square holes in the big beam and I wondered if they were cut there when it was divided. The balcony floor is very obviously stepped.

At the left hand side of the beam you can see where Louie has left his menshie from the big 1970 refurb.


Untitled by aedan, on Flickr
norrie

Great shots, I manged to get a few but at the speed they are going, I would need to be there every day
They are working from 7 to 11, night shift has now stopped
I asked one of the workmen when they were going to build supports for the facia on Renfield st, its not going to be needed as the section to remain has its own support steelwark
Look closely and you will see what Im talking about

I managed to get a shot from Forever21, had to take my wife with me
Marti

Was passing today...latest...

calamity

I can remember in a long queue to see White Christmas in there .. lovely cinema.. my wee mammy never referred to it as the Odeon and always said the Paramount, the original name... another part of Glasgow gone... some people dont even remember the Gaumont, and such a lovely big hall..
cybers

I remember the wee one man band guy. He wiz a pain in the erse when all yi wanted was into the place for a film and a cuddle and this bam was trying to give the object of yir cuddles a sore heed afore yi even got in.
fastnet


Odeon demolition by john.mcknight, on Flickr
norrie

Hi fastnet, I was taking to one of the workmen, seemingly that there is going to be a new brick wall built behind the remaining listed facade and it will be nothing to do with the new office block
Both buildings are owned by different concerns
I will  need to get a shot of the remaining part of the Odeon
Marti

Aww well...

calamity

No sure if this link is on yet.. marvellous photos.

http://brucepeter.blogspot.co.uk/.../the-odeon-cinema-in-glasgow.html
fastnet

Great find calamity......
cybers

calamity wrote:
No sure if this link is on yet.. marvellous photos.

http://brucepeter.blogspot.co.uk/.../the-odeon-cinema-in-glasgow.html


Excellent wee find that .... They certainly had a different approach to the "Flix" back in the day No yi stand aboot too long waiting on yir lumber and they want tae parp yi oot no give yi a seat !!!
norrie

Have any of you see Bruce Peter's book 100 years of Glasgow's Amazing Cinemas ? a must if your into Glasgow cinemas
nightfly

Past today & got a quick photo from the car.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
calamity

Oh that is so sad.... what Id do to have a dig under all that , I wonder what stood there before the Paramount.
earl88

calamity wrote:
Oh that is so sad.... what Id do to have a dig under all that , I wonder what stood there before the Paramount.




I was wondering the same thing the other day  
norrie

Hi calamity, go to The Mitchell and check the Post Office Directories, say two years before the Paramount opened in 1934
Stuball

1913

1 West Regent Street was a shop owned by the Waverley Motor Company

3 was a warehouse for D & A McLeod, Leather Merchants

5 was the caretakers house, A Daniel Webster
norrie

Hi Stuball, I dont suppose you have a photo
Well done, I never thought what was on that site till it was mentioned on here
Stuball

No photos... they don't like it when I take my digital camera back in my time machine
James

Work starts on £60m Glasgow retail and office project (© BBC)



Construction work has started on a £60m office and retail development in the centre of Glasgow.


The 143,000 sq ft project at 1 West Regent Street will offer office and retail space over ten levels.
The site was acquired by private real estate fund management business Mountgrange and M&G Real
Estate last year from Duddingston House Properties.

Construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed as design and build contractor for the project.
The development is expected to be completed and ready for occupation by the first quarter of 2015.

It is located close to Glasgow's Queen Street station and is adjacent to the Buchanan Quarter retail scheme.



James H
norrie

Hi james, so thats what its going to look like
I have been taking shots from the demolition and now taking the shots of the piling work, which is supposed to be finished in a week or so
Alex Glass









kev

They should leave this in place


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