£500m regeneration project on Glasgow’s Clydeside reaches development milestone

A vast £500 million regeneration project next to the River Clyde in Glasgow has achieved a development milestone with the completion of structural work on a six-storey office building.

Construction of the new office headquarters for the Student Loans Company (SLC) has now reached its highest point, with the 75,000-square-foot building set for occupation in 2023.

Drum Property Group announced the deal to bring SLC to the Buchanan Wharf site in September 2021. The building will accommodate up to 1,100 staff as part of a 20-year deal.

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The build was subsequently forward funded by Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) Real Assets, with construction starting last December.

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The completion of the SLC building represents the final piece in the jigsaw for the Buchanan Wharf site, one of Scotland’s largest ever development projects. The site is already home to Barclay’s state-of-the-art Northern European campus HQ, together with an 18-storey, 324-apartment residential complex for Legal & General which completes later this year. The development will also provide a mix of local amenities and landscaped public spaces.

Graeme Bone, group managing director at Drum Property Group, said: “We are now witnessing Buchanan Wharf’s true scope and potential being delivered before us. In less than four years, and during challenging times, our exciting development vision has now been fully realised.

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“The topping out ceremony is both a celebration of a superb building, and a fitting testament to the confidence, commitment and resilience shown by Drum and all its development partners in finally delivering the wider Buchanan Wharf - one of Scotland’s most important commercial and residential projects,” he added.

“We are proud to be bringing new investment, energy and excitement to Glasgow’s city centre, placing the River Clyde once again at the heart of the city’s economic, social and cultural renaissance.”

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From L to R: Laura Pritchett, chair of SLC Colleague Representative Group; Stephen Campbell, SLC chief information officer; Fife Hyland, operations director, Drum Property Group. Picture: www.jamiejohnstonphoto.co.uk

Stephen Campbell, chief information officer for the Student Loans Company, said: “The Buchanan Wharf development has transformed the landscape of the city centre, and the River Clyde, providing a prominent, state-of-the-art campus. We are thrilled that the structural work of our building is now complete, which has marked a vital milestone of this project.

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“We are now working more flexibly, spending time in the office and at home. This helps us harness the value of co-location - the social interaction, team connection, rich collaboration, enhanced quality of learning and sense of belonging we get from time spent in the office as well as the quiet focus and balance we get from working at home.”

The building’s forward funding by Legal & General also cements the ongoing relationship with Drum Property Group, providing LGIM Real Assets with another office for its regional portfolio.

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Neil Dovey, head of annuity transaction for LGIM Real Assets, added: “Buchanan Wharf is a scheme of the highest quality and this new building will sit alongside our build to rent scheme which opened last month.

“The investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the regions, levelling up and the growing strength of regional hubs across the UK. Our inclusive capitalism purpose means we are uniquely positioned to deliver some of the UK’s most strategically important city centre and urban regeneration schemes that are fast transforming and reshaping Britain’s landscape, bringing jobs and services back into the centre of cities.”

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