James Barr, one of Scotland’s leading
multi-disciplinary property consultancies, has designed and
developed Glasgow Taxis impressive new £1.8 million headquarters and
Officially opened by House of Commons speaker Michael Martin on November 16, the single-storey 10,000 sq ft development features offices, the main contact call centre and a small workshop facility.
Glasgow Taxis were forced to relocate after its former premises at Dixon’s Blazes was acquired by the Scottish Government under a Compulsory Purchase Order to support its ambitious M74 extension plans.
James Barr negotiated both an Advance Payment of compensation prior to commencement of the development and following a site search, the purchase of the Boden Street site.
The property consultancy’s Building team undertook the overall project management to ensure an efficient and seamless transfer was made for Glasgow Taxis relocation within the agreed timescales.
The M74 extension will play a significant role in the regeneration of Glasgow’s east end. The regeneration master-plan has also been boosted by the news that Glasgow will host the 2014 commonwealth games.
Working closely with Glasgow Taxis, James Barr Architecture designed and developed the cutting-edge headquarters which sits on the city’s Boden Street.
With access from Boden Street and high-visibility from Dunn Street, the intricate design concept had to address the double-frontage provided by the position of the site.
This was achieved by creating a U-shaped plan and incorporating a feature ‘gull wing’ roof to the main frontage which added height and interest to the long, linear, single-storey façade.
The elevations were clad in a combination of silver and slate grey composite panels, picking up on the corporate colours of Glasgow Taxis. The entrance areas to both the offices and workshop facility were highlighted using a fully-glazed curtain walling.
Elaine Sommerville, at James Barr said: “We are delighted to see the completed building in operation, having worked so closely with Glasgow Taxis throughout the process to design & develop the bespoke headquarters which meets their requirements.”
“Many businesses have been affected by compulsory acquisition through the Scottish Government’s M74 extension plans. Re-locating can appear a very daunting process if you don’t access the proper level of expertise and advice.
“However the successful re-location of Glasgow Taxis has demonstrated that with proper consultation, companies can re-locate with minimum impact on their business interests and operations.
“Our team offers an extensive range of architectural and design services relating to every aspect of the development process, from inception through to project completion.
“We work closely with our agency, valuation, rating and planning colleagues on a daily basis and it is this collective approach that enables us to provide a holistic project solution for our clients.”
Hugh McAdams, Treasure at Glasgow Taxis Ltd said: "Glasgow Taxis are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and as one of the largest taxi fleets in the UK it was planned that our new Call-centre and headquarters reflected the importance of the role we play in the public transport infrastructure of the city of Glasgow. We have worked closely with James Barr at every stage of development and are delighted with the intricate design and functionality of the new building."
The building consultancy team at James Barr is made up of four different divisions - building surveying, project management, architecture and interior design. The team provides an extensive range of fully integrated services which handles all building related matters for property owners, investors and occupiers in both the private and public sectors.