Glasgow’s largest office block takes shape
Offering around 29,000m² of Grade A office space, 177 Bothwell Street is set to become Glasgow’s largest and most ambitious office block.
The building forms the second part of the wider Bothwell Exchange development – the first part was 122 Waterloo Street – (see NSC Feb. 2017).
Situated on a plot previously occupied by the Albany Hotel, the building is a 14-storey steel-framed structure aiming to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and featuring 2,276m² floorplates and a 743m² rooftop terrace that includes a 150m-long running track.
“Every HFD development has sustainability built into every aspect of the property. That starts with the physical methods and materials used during construction, but it equally applies to the finished product and the way the building is used,” said Stephen Lewis, Managing Director for HFD Property Group.
The company’s rationale extended to the choice of steel for the building’s main frame.
“Speed of erection, the ability to achieve longer spans than concrete and therefore create a more open floor plate, together with the sustainability of steel as a recyclable product were the reasons for choosing the material,” explained David Shearer, Managing Director for HFD Construction.
“Our steelwork subcontractor has a renewably-powered fabrication plant, which was another important consideration.”
Steelwork contractor BHC’s investment in sustainability and renewables within its manufacturing facility has allowed the 4,100t of fabricated steelwork for the project to have 52% less associated carbon emissions, and it is the first building in Glasgow to have this added sustainability within the structure.
177 Bothwell Street is set for completion in the third quarter of 2021.