As a major centre for international trade and heavy industry, Glasgow had become the ‘second city of the British Empire’ by the start of the twentieth century. Nowadays, while retaining its extensive and architecturally rich Victorian centre, Glasgow has transformed itself into a major centre for the finance and service industries, and the second largest retail destination in the UK.
Arup has been in Glasgow for more than 40 years, and responsible for much of the city’s most notable recent buildings: hospitals, universities, housing, cultural centres, commercial developments, and its airport and transport buildings.
Recent work includes the iconic 3,000 seat Clyde Auditorium or ‘Armadillo’ at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), the award-winning new riverside headquarters for BBC Scotland, the highly-acclaimed regeneration of the nineteen century City Halls as an acoustically perfect concert hall, and the St Enoch and Buchanan Galleries shopping centres. Much of our work has involved adaptive restoration of listed historical buildings in the Victorian city – multi award-winning projects such as Princes Square Speciality Shopping Centre and the regeneration of Glasgow Central Station are outstanding examples.
Glasgow is the proud host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and currently Arup is designing two major new buildings for the Games: the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome and the National Multi-Purpose Arena at the SECC. An Arup team, based in Transport Scotland’s Glasgow HQ, is working on the Forth Replacement Crossing, the largest infrastructure project in Scotland for a generation.