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Report - 1 George Square, Glasgow - Dec. 2008

BenCooper

Mr Boombastic
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Built in 1878, the A-listed Glasgow Central Post Office was the city's postal headquarters until 1995; in 1999, it was bought by Stefan King's G1 leisure group with plans to turn it into a 5-star hotel, but this fell through, and it was sold again in 2005 to partners AWG and HF Developments, for conversion into office space.

Conversion is now almost complete - the facade has been retained, with a new interior built and a new steel cupola. Future Glasgow's brilliant website has images of what the building will look like:

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At present, though, and for the past 8 years, it has been a giant billboard:

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Allegedly, Mr. King was getting more money in advertising revenue than he would from developing the building, hence the kerfuffle - development did go ahead, though, and this is what it looked like inside in Summer 2007:

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So, stuffed full of mince pies and vegetarian turkey, I ventured forth to explore something in Glasgow City Centre - and what could be more central than no. 1 George Square?

The view from the top of the new cupola is absolutely stunning:

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The view from the penthouse office suites:

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The cupola is surprisingly small, but has wonderful views both North:

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And South:

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Two cranes tower over the site:

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George Square's Winterfest in full swing:

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Inside, a few traces of the old building remain on the walls - I hope they save these tiles:

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Lower down, though, it's all new:

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More pictures, as usual, in my Flickr set...
 

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