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Business: Style file fit for the city; A 19th century listed Glasgow building is being transformed into a stunning development of offices, restaurants and apartments, writes JOHN McEACHRAN.

Byline: John McEachran

URBAN renaissance specialists The Burrell Company have an exciting pounds 10m project lined up in the heart of a Scots city.

The company are set to transform a 19th century listed building in Glasgow city centre into a cosmopolitan mixed- use development.

Located in existing Victorian buildings between Mitchell Street and Union Street in the very hub of the city, the Vienna project is also, appropriately, next door to the Lighthouse - Scotland's Centre for Architecture Design.

Phase one of the scheme will contain commercial units remodelled from the original buildings, along with 32 up- market apartments.

A new building adjacent to phase one will house the second phase, which will feature a further 36 apartments.

Andrew Burrell, managing director of The Burrell Company, said: "We pride ourselves on breathing new life into old structures to produce desirable properties.

"We are delighted to be involved in this project which will provide a major contribution to the regeneration of this part of the city.

"Mitchell Street in particular features a variety of architecturally- stunning buildings, some of which, most notably the Lighthouse, have been sympathetically converted.

"The transformation of our buildings will add to this dramatic effect."

The development will be made up of office and restaurant accommodation along with a variety of penthouse and loft apartments.

Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop architects, whose work includes the city's controversial Spectrum Building and the newly- opened Radisson SAS Hotel, have been appointed to design the project.

Mr Murray said: "This is a highly-imaginative development which will bring a continental flavour to Glasgow city centre.

HE said that the fusion of contemporary buildings with 19th century architecture will offer an interesting combination of spaces.

"The roofscapes and terraces created in the designs for Vienna will also give a new aspect to city centre living and working."

"By re-using the original atrium style courtyard spaces, the development will have a distinct European feel and will create some highly- interesting spaces, linking Union Street and Mitchell Street.

"The development will also restore many original architectural features, including glazed light- wells, cast-iron columns and beams and double-height spaces.

"The new building on Mitchell Street is an elegant 10-storey block, providing views across the city."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 24, 2003
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