Barclays' Glasgow super-campus buildings celebrate Glasgow’s rich heritage
The banking giant, whose development aims to bring thousands of jobs to the city, has worked closely with Professor Murray Pittock and his team at the University of Glasgow to uncover and pay tribute to the “rich industrial heritage” of the Tradeston area.
In the early 1800s the area was developed as a manufacturing district by Trades House, which was a union of Glasgow’s craftsmen including bakers, tailors, weavers, joiners, coopers, hammermen and maltmen.
The project team is said to have researched as far back as the 1500s to find inspiration and local historical references for the names of the five buildings which form the campus – Clyde Place House, Tradescroft, Windmillcroft, Wellcroft and Grays Hill.
The street traversing the campus development will be named Clyde Place Lane leading to Clyde Place Square, an outdoor community event space.
Scott Stewart, head of Barclays Scotland, said: “As we move closer to opening the doors to the campus this year, we were keen to involve our colleagues in a meaningful way. Their desire to recognise Glasgow’s heritage was resounding.
“We wanted the names to be both an accurate and sensitive representation of the area’s history which is why we worked closely with the University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Council to achieve this. It is really quite fitting that the campus, which will be a state-of-the-art expression of modern industry, pays tribute to Glasgow’s rich industrial past.”
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