Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to Move to Refurbished Tontine Building in Merchant City
Glasgow 2014, the Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will next year move to new premises in the Tontine Building in the Merchant City area.
Glasgow 2014 have selected Tontine House as their preferred new site as they establish a new headquarters for the next four years and see the workforce increase to 1000.
Up to 100 Commonwealth Apprentices will work on the refurbishment project.
Tontine House will become a key ‘non-competition’ venue during the Games. The move to the Albion Street frontage of the Tontine building from the current offices at Monteith House in George Square is expected to take place towards the end of 2011.
The building - where Glasgow 2014 will occupy in excess of 108,000 sq ft - will be fully redeveloped to ensure it is fit for purpose.
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for Commonwealth Games delivery at Glasgow City Council, said: “The Tontine Building will be the perfect new home for Glasgow 2014, providing a gateway to the East End and bringing yet more new life to the Merchant City. This will be one of the most important centres for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and it essential that the right space is found. After the Games, this building will leave a tremendous economic legacy for the city in the form of high-quality, high-profile office space in a fantastic location.”
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive John Scott said: “We are delighted that Glasgow City Council was able to provide a solution within the city that would leave a positive legacy once the Games have finished. We are really excited about the move, as our organisation expands from the current 30 staff to 1000.”
The Tontine Building sits on the north-west corner of Glasgow Cross, and is one of the most important buildings - in terms of architectural quality, scale in location - in the Merchant City. The building is listed.
The refurbishment work will be carried out by City Building LLP. City Building will carry out the refurbishment as a Commonwealth Apprenticeship project, with up to 100 apprentices working on the project.
Facilitating this important development has been City Property (Glasgow) LLP, an arms length company formed by Glasgow City Council to efficiently and effectively deliver to the market a wide range of exciting property opportunities and enhance its extensive commercial portfolio.
Since it was formed in 2009 City Property has been identifying how, in the present economic climate, they can introduce new ways to sustain and kick start development within the city. As owners of the Tontine building, this is a shinning example of that advanced thinking.