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Scottish Powers Monumental Glasgow HQ

Scottish Power hopes to win planning approval for a new building in Glasgow that perhaps harks back to the architecture many had hoped had been left in the past.

The monumental building is proposed for a vacant site that takes in 6 India Street, 314-320 Vincent Street, and 1 Elmbank Street that if approved will contain about 21,000 square metres of office space to accommodate 1,900 staff plus 220 parking spaces in underground parking. With 14 floors above ground the building will reach a height of 59.8 metres dominating the surrounding area.

The scheme, effectively an office slab, has been designed by Page\Park Architects and Oritz y Leon Architects. It boasts a dated feel that isn't helped by the pre-cast concrete that runs vertically up parts of the building between the glass curtain wall. This is most obvious along Vincent Street where the building presents one long uninterrupted façade. Although the building is supposed to take its cues from 1930s New York, the lack of stone and the veneered glazing corrupts this. More modern comparisons could perhaps be drawn with some of the shorter buildings in Canary Wharf built after the first post-modernist phase was finished.

On the upper levels there is a set back that reduces the bulk of the building. This will host the executive suites whilst boasting external signage. Forming a solid connection with the ground is a two storey arcaded plinth that the building cantilevers over expanding the pavement space.

The slab is broken up on Elmbank Street with the architect having designed the six-storey plinth that the building sits on to be particularly visible here. Out of it rises the tower elements that contain the buildings service and add, at least from this view some depth. Their lack of active occupation is betrayed by the cladding that consists almost entirely of pre-cast concrete panels, albeit with two different shades to add some variety to what is a particularly staid effort.

The project is being managed by Helical Bar and the Dawn Group with engineering by Arup. Once built the £80 million project will be the equivalent of £33.33 on each bill of Scottish Power's 2.4 million customers.

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