Property round-up

Barratt Developments relocates to Maxim Park

Maxim 7 wil bring all Barratt and David Wilson staff together

Barratt Developments is leaving its head office in for a new base at Maxim Park alongside the M8.

The housebuilder is taking advantage of its lease ending at Buchanan Gate in Stepps in the summer and has signed a 10-year lease with Shelborn Asset Management for 9,000 square feet of office space at Eurocentral.

David Scott, managing director of Barratt and David Wilson Homes West Scotland, said: “We wanted to find a new site that would enable us to bring all our team members together onto one floor.

“Not only does the new office space we are taking in Maxim 7 fulfil that objective, but it has excellent transport links and offers a central location that is ideal for both staff and guests. It is expected the relocation will be completed by the summer.”

Damage to the roof of the ABC from the Art School fire

ABC Sauchiehall Street plan

The former ABC cinema site in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow could be turned into a “bustling destination food hall” with student housing.

The ABC was previously one of the city’s busiest and most renowned live-music venues, before it was devastated in the Glasgow Art School fire in June 2018.

It has lain derelict since the fire spilled over to its roof, tearing through the B-listed structure and the adjoining Jumping Jacks pub.

Proposals for the area include an Urban Park providing “a space for all whilst respecting the world-famous Mackintosh architecture”

James Rooke, head of planning for developer the Vita group, said: “Glasgow’s undersupply of student accommodation is well documented and continues to impact on Glasgow’s rental market, reducing available homes across the city.

“We aim to reduce this shortfall in available accommodation with homes specifically designed around the needs’ of students in their second and third year who tend to find their way into the residential rental landscape.”

Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive said: “Sauchiehall Street has been identified as one of the biggest challenges we face, and the ABC is just one of the many current blights on this vital artery which highlight the scale of that challenge.

“It is with open arms that we welcome Vita’s plans.  Their track record speaks for itself, and we see this as a major step forward in the city’s regeneration journey.”

A public consultation event will take place on Tuesday13 February 13 at the Renfield Training Centre, 260 Bath Street, between 3pm and 7pm. Initial plans will also be available to view online from 13 February on the consultation website.

Calum Melville
Calum Melville: inclusive environment

Edison expansion

Edison Group, which has invested just short of £2 million to secure and equip new premises in South Lanarkshire, is rebranding its largest subsidiary, GDC Design, as Principal Building.

Its new facility in Langlands Business Park East Kilbride which features 16,500 sq ft of modern workshops and 3,500 sq ft of modern refurbished offices will accommodate about 80 workers.

In addition to Principal Building, it will be a base for Edison Group companies, Eden Homes (Scotland), Crown Architectural and TedCo Contracts. All are scheduled to have relocated to East Kilbride by April 2024.

Edison Capital and Edison Group chief executive Calum Melville said: “We will continue to foster an inclusive environment for all team members, leveraging off a rounded central function which will expand each company’s capability, while reducing their individual overheads.”

Mr Melville continued: “We have concentrated bringing in top talent which, in turn, has driven group sales to just north of £30 million on a rolling 12 months basis.

“Edison Group continues to be a focus for our time, effort and capital investment as we continue to develop our construction business in the UK.”

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