Broomielaw, Glasgow

April 28, 2011 Filed under: 1980s, Masterplanning, Offices by Sanna Fisher-Payne Comments Off

Placed 30th in the Placebook vote of favourite buildings by BDP
Former Chariman Richard Saxon finds innovation in the Broomielaw district

The riverside Broomielaw district was derelict in the 1980s and Glasgow office proposed a general plan for its revival. A series of city blocks aligned with the river and sightlines provides the grid. BDP has gradually developed most of the blocks for a succession of clients as ownership changed, keeping to the plan but innovating as well.

Others have done some of it, not always so well. The district is now complete and a tribute to the foresight of Andy McCrory and his team. The best building is the Scottish Enterprise HQ which occupies part of the river frontage. Organised around a tall atrium, the spaces allow users to see the river and surrounding hills from most of the building. Its massing avoids symmetry and balances the composition of an earlier, historic building some blocks away upriver.

Former chairman and director Richard Saxon worked for BDP for 41 years on many award winning schemes including the master-plan for the All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon, Adam Opel HQ, Russelsheim, Germany, J P Morgan HQ, London, Millburngate Centre, Durham, Halifax Building Society HQ, Halifax