DEVELOPERS behind the massive Buchanan Wharf development at Tradeston in Glasgow say they now have “a degree of control” over a second listed building at the site.
The so-called Beco building on Kingston Street is the only part of the three-block location that is so far not part of the transformation which will include a campus for Barclays Bank that will accommodate thousands of workers.
But the latest statement about Buchanan Wharf submitted to Glasgow City planners explains: “It should be noted that Drum [Property Group] and Barclays [Bank] now have a degree of control of the Beco building.
“As part of the overall regeneration, the developers and Barclays are committed to saving the Beco building and will continue to negotiate to acquire residual ownerships and look at other options of achieving full control with the City Council.
“Securing the future of the Beco building is very much part of the holistic approach which Drum and Barclays are taking towards the regeneration of this part of Tradeston.
“The Beco building is decaying and has been vacant for several years; due to vandalism and neglect its appearance and condition is very poor.”
The statement continues: “Its appearance and also its condition has led the Beco building to be included in the Buildings at Risk Register.
“Currently, the upper floors are thought to have been laying vacant since at least 2004 whilst the ground floor is still in use.”
As recent as 1950 there were 73 buildings on the blocks bounded by Clyde Place, West Street, Kingston Street and Commerce Street where Buchanan Wharf is now taking shape. The buildings provided a variety of uses ranging from engineering sheds to offices.
There are now only two buildings left dating from that time or earlier — the Beco building, right, and Kingston House, left, both dated 1878.
An innovative plan for Kingston House — which is an integral part of the regeneration — is awaiting approval from planners.
Buchanan Wharf will provide more than one million square feet of prime Grade A office space, more than 300 homes, an early years facility, a mix of local amenities and transformational infrastructure works and major public spaces.