Building a new business district for Glasgow

Magenta was the largest office development to receive planning consent in Scotland in 2017, with 1.2 million square feet of office space set on the 27-acre former Shawfield industrial estate, next to the River Clyde just ten minutes from Glasgow's city centre.

Within Magenta, the Red Tree office suite building will provide 3,780m2 Grade A office space with business suites ranging in size from 10 to 168m2. They are aimed at creating local employment and encouraging the growth of SMEs in target sectors such as media, communications, IT, training and engineering.

Designed by architects NORR, this will be the third Red Tree business incubator in the Clyde Gateway area, with two already in place at Rutherglen and Bridgeton.

Red Tree Shawfield and the wider proposals for the area offer the perfect demonstration of a regeneration that goes well beyond a physical transformation.

"It is an exciting development that has been given complete backing and financial support by the council as it is key to our aspirations to expand the range and types of businesses which are keen to make their home in South Lanarkshire. I've no doubt that this will be the first of many such topping-out ceremonies in Shawfield over the coming years."

– Councillor Carol Nugent

 

A Major Works project – in partnership with Scape

The development is the third to be developed by Clyde Gateway under the Red Tree brand but the first involving a complete new-build with the other developments in Bridgeton and Rutherglen emerging from the conversion and refurbishment of vacant buildings.

Robertson began work on the project at Glasgow Road in April 2017 and is delivering it in partnership with Willmott Dixon.

It was procured through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework (now superseded by Major Works Scotland, part of the Scape National Construction framework). Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.

Creating jobs alongside our construction work

It is expected that Red Tree will create around 250 new jobs and will be complete by summer 2018.

Clyde Gateway Chief Executive Ian Manson said:

"The length and value of this particular contract for Red Tree Shawfield meant Robertson went through an interview process to take on three young folk who were already known to us through our ongoing work with local schools and training providers as having an interest in moving into the construction industry.

"Over the past nine years, our use of community benefit clauses in construction contracts has helped hundreds of local people either into their first work experience or back into work after an extended period of unemployment.

"The physical change taking place across the Clyde Gateway communities is not enough to ensure the success of our long-term regeneration efforts. It has to be about making a difference to people's lives and giving them a better and more secure future."

 

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