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The award-winning Albus Building

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Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme. It was formed in 2007 to lead the way in social, economic and physical change in the run up to Glasgow’s successful bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and to continue the real life legacy of the Games through unparalleled economic regeneration in Glasgow’s east end communities.

The Albus Building was one such urban regeneration investment for Clyde Gateway. It provides a fresh conceptual design for bespoke office accommodation in the heart of Glasgow’s Commonwealth District. It offers 1,950 m2 of office space, split into 7 self-contained, open plan suites over 3 floors – and much more!

 

EXPOSED SERVICES DESIGN

The customer’s vision was to create more than just quality office accommodation. They had identified priority target areas within media and technology sectors (in terms of the types of tenants they wanted to attract) and then assembled a design team and contractors with the skills and experience to deliver on their aspirations. One such desire was to create a modern, ‘edgy’ interior with an exposed services aesthetic.

 

AWARD-WINNING PROJECT

Not only was the project an overwhelming success, with the client, The Albus Building also won the National Award for Scottish projects up to 2,000m2 in the British Council for Offices Awards 2015.

 

 

 

SCOPE OF WORKS

Arthur McKay installed all building services (from external connections) in accordance with all current standards and building regulations, including client demonstrations. For this project both landlord and tenant services were delivered, so that the building was made ready for immediate lease and occupancy.

 

SUPERFAST BROADBAND

Arthur McKay’s Data Cabling team also installed leased-line superfast fibre optic broadband, giving the client up to 100MBps internet speeds.

 

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

From the site start date, Arthur McKay’s project team worked with the required attention to detail, given the visible services design and the need for all finished installations to be completed to the highest standard. Regular communication with the services design consultant through the construction phase was imperative to ensure that every detail, route and form of the exposed services was considered. Arthur McKay’s team took a proactive approach to liaison and co-ordination with other trades to minimise the risk of damage to exposed services. Additional interval snagging was carried out during installation to minimise any defects at handover.

 

“Close collaboration between the client, design team and contractor has resulted in a quality of the plan, workmanship and internal environment that stands out not just in Glasgow, but Scotland as a whole. That all of this was achieved with a very modest budget is also worthy of commendation.”

British Council for Offices

 

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