Floating offices for Glasgow

Posted on by John Cronin

A floating, mixed use development in Glasgow is a step nearer reality after a preferred bidder has been selected for the proposed scheme.

Canting BasinWilmslow, Cheshire based Floating Concepts is a specialist property development company focusing on water based rather than land based developments. It has been selected by Scottish Enterprise as the preferred bidder for the proposed £30m floating development at the Canting Basin, on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow (pictured). The mixed-use scheme will incorporate residential accommodation, leisure and retail facilities and a range of offices. A u-shaped floating road would be built at Canting Basin, which is part of Prince’s Dock at the back of the Glasgow Science Centre.

The ambitious project, set in 5 hectares of water, would include the construction of offices amounting to 24,000 sq ft of floor space. To be located in front of the existing Hub office development, the proposed office units would be relatively small, ranging in size from floor plates of 600 sq ft to 800 sq ft. Larger structures ranging in size from 10,000 – 12,000 sq ft would be split into units offering floor plates of 1,000 – 3,500 sq ft. The Hub is a new-build scheme at Pacific Quay offering flexible office suites ranging in size from 130 – 16,000 sq ft. The serviced offices are popular with design and digital media industry and the offices are currently running at a 50% occupancy rate.

The speculative, floating development for the Canting Basin site has yet to be granted outline planning permission and construction will only commence once private funding is made available. Construction work could start in early summer 2012 and 3 phase development is expected to take 3 years. Architects for the scheme are Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and water development specialists Baca of London.

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