Architecture firm grows

New office for Buchanan Wharf firm Halliday Fraser Munro

Buchanan Wharf

Buchanan Wharf: transformational

Halliday Fraser Munro, the architectural and planning practice behind the transformational Barclays Campus at Buchanan Wharf, has relocated to larger premises in Glasgow after growing its team and being appointed to work on more than £200m worth of construction projects.

The new office at Queen’s House, St Vincent Place is close to a number of the firm’s key clients.

Schools, commercial and residential buildings are among the recent projects won by Halliday Fraser Munro, with a further £100m of developments due to commence in the next 12 months.

The increase in new business has allowed the firm, under the leadership of managing director David Halliday, to create 12 posts. It is anticipated that a further six will follow over the next year in response to demand.

“With a steady pipeline of work coming on stream for Glasgow and the surrounding area, it was clear that we needed to invest in a larger permanent base here,” said Mr Halliday.

“Buchanan Wharf is not only a transformational project for Glasgow; it also represents the largest single project that our practice has carried out in the city to date. We believe the confidence that Barclays has shown in Glasgow and Buchanan Wharf will be a key driver for further developments, triggering progress on many projects which have been sitting on the drawing board for years.”

David Halliday: ‘We needed a larger base’

Halliday Fraser Munro is delivering the Barclays Campus at Buchanan Wharf in a once neglected area on the banks of the River Clyde for Drum Property Group. It comprises over 1m square feet of Grade A office space, residential accommodation, cafes, a creche and public spaces.

The development includes a 470,000 sq ft purpose-built campus for Barclays – one of three new global hubs being built by the banking giant. The development will create around 2,500 jobs, doubling Barclay’s current workforce and making it one of Glasgow’s biggest commercial employers.

The masterplan designers for Buchanan Wharf was Stallan-Brand, and as lead architect for Barclays, Halliday Fraser Munro worked closely with them to ensure the design dovetailed into the overall framework. There was also close involvement with Gensler, global design guardians for Barclays.

Halliday Fraser Munro has recently delivered a wide range of significant projects for clients in and around Glasgow.

These include a waterfront development on the esplanade at Eldon Street in Greenock on behalf of Ogilvie Homes and the masterplan framework for Queens Quay. The £250m development on the waterfront at Clydebank includes housing, a health centre, a care home and public realm space.

The firm is about to hand over the new shared campus for St Edwards’ and Tollbrae primary schools which it delivered for North Lanarkshire Council. The £11m development comprises two classroom wings connected by a shared gym, dining hall and multi-purpose rooms.  

Halliday Fraser Munro has offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Belfast.

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