Osborne and Co have commenced construction of JP Morgan’s new European Technology Hub, One Central, on Argyle Street, Glasgow. The development on a 0.79-acre site to the south side of Argyle Street and bounded by Robertson Street and York Street. It will be home to 2700 staff and act as one of their major technology hubs, revitalising a key site which has lain derelict for nearly two decades.
To align with JP Morgan’s use of the building as a technology hub Atelier Ten have been pushing the very latest smart technology to future proof the building for the years to come. This includes a full CAT B PoE lighting control system which will act as an observer grid and support other smart features such as energy optimisation, space management, indoor navigation and environmental monitoring. The building has also achieved WiredScore Platinum certification highlighting that the has been designed for the future of in-building technology and digital infrastructure.
The fourteen-storey office will be one of the first developments constructed under Planning Policy CDP 5 (Resource Efficiency) of the Glasgow City Development Plan, which sets strict energy efficiency and CO2 emission performance standards.
The building is targeting BREEAM Excellent for Fit Out and WELL Gold Certification for Shell and Core. To achieve this, it will include a number of sustainability-focused features including efficient LED lights, responsibly sourced materials and minimised water consumption.
The proposed architectural aesthetic and language for the development references Glasgow’s rich heritage of industrial and engineering structures in a bold contemporary architectural language. The rich language of expressed structure evident in many of the City’s railway structures and industrial form. A distinct and expressed illuminated “crown” is proposed at the top of the towers which contain both internal external communal spaces and terraces. In total the development and its associated activity and illumination will make a positive contribution to the wellbeing and security of pedestrians on this portion of Argyle Street.