Business space and place-making
Global office development in an award-winning city centre regeneration project.
Drum’s Buchanan Wharf in Glasgow is an award-winning, £500m mixed use development on the banks of the Clyde which has set new standards for urban form in Scotland and will shape the direction of expansion and regeneration of Glasgow city centre for decades to come.
In October 2021, Drum completed the new state-of-the-art Barclays Campus - 470,000 sq. ft. of office space for Barclays Bank Plc – Scotland’s largest single occupier deal. The new three-building office complex has created space for 5,000 staff, including around 2,500 new jobs, doubling Barclays current workforce in Scotland, and represents one of the largest ever inward investments in Scotland.
The new campus has transformed a brownfield area of redundant buildings and a derelict car park, into a new city centre district, including indoor and outdoor spaces for staff and community events. In addition to the office space, amenities on campus will include wellbeing facilities, community exhibition spaces, along with a street food market offering fresh and healthy food options.
First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The opening of Barclays’ Glasgow campus – one of the biggest inward investments to have ever come to Scotland - represents a landmark moment for our country’s thriving financial services industry.
“This campus itself will be a fantastic asset for the Tradeston community and Glasgow. It will contribute to the sustainable regeneration of a historic section of the Clyde Waterfront and offer employment opportunities for local people and those who have faced barriers into work, including people with disabilities and school leavers.”
The Campus secured a hat-trick of recognition at the British Council of Offices Awards in May 2023, winning the Corporate Workplace, Innovation and ESG categories respectively.
The BCO judging team commented that “the project is truly transformative in repairing the fabric of this riverside area of the city centre, whilst offering an incredibly inclusive ‘best-in-class’ environment for its people.
“The new campus is an excellent example of public and private co-operation and a prime example of developer and tenant working together to achieve a more efficient outcome. The three buildings significantly regenerate the surrounding area of Tradeston and the internal public squares and streets create engaging public areas for the benefit of the wider community.”
The Barclays wins are the latest industry accolades for buildings within Drum’s Buchanan Wharf development – in addition to the BCO Awards, the site as a whole claimed Regeneration Project of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards in 2022, the lease and forward funding deal for the 75,000sqft HQ for The Student Loans Company and Legal & General won Deal of the Year at the same event, and most recently Legal & General’s Solasta Riverside complex was recognised as BTR Development of the Year at the 2023 Awards.