Candleriggs Square Build-to-Rent development tops out

Candleriggs Square Build-to-Rent development tops out image
Guests enjoyed marking the occasion at the top of the building

GRAHAM is delivering a significant part of the transformation of Candleriggs Square in Glasgow’s Merchant City, with another exciting development milestone reached as structural work for the 346-apartment build-to-rent (BTR) complex has completed.

Candleriggs Development 2 Limited - the joint venture between Drum Property Group and Stamford Property Investments - first agreed a deal with Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets in 2020 to bring the £81.5m apartment complex to the 3.6-acre Candleriggs Square site, lying at the heart of the city’s popular Merchant City area.

Designed to meet the growing post-lockdown demand for affordable and high-quality city centre rental accommodation in vibrant city centre locations, the 325,000 sq. ft. building will provide 346 apartments together with a range of retail and commercial units at ground floor level creating an attractive and accessible public realm. A generous entrance lobby will open onto Glasgow’s Trongate, giving direct access to a communal landscaped courtyard at the first-floor level, while a range of roof terraces will provide spectacular views across the city.

Representatives from GRAHAM, Drum Property Group and Legal & General gathered on top of the development to mark the significant milestone of the structure of the building reaching its highest point. There was sunshine and smiles as guests marked the occasion by signing the building’s core.

Graeme Bone of Drum Property Group and Dan Batterton of Legal & General

Jimmy House, Contracts Director, and Andy Little, Senior Project Manager, represented the site team who have delivered excellent progress and high-quality across the site.

Jimmy House, Contracts Director at GRAHAM, signs the core
Andy Little, Senior Project Manager for GRAHAM, signs the core

Graeme Bone, Managing Director of Drum Property Group, welcomed the building’s structural completion as marking an exciting future for the city centre.

“Our significant progress at Candleriggs Square is fast becoming a highly visible symbol of the regeneration of Glasgow’s Merchant City and the city centre as it continues its post-lockdown recovery.”
“The L&G development is testament to the commitment and confidence we have placed in both the Candleriggs Square site and Glasgow city centre during very challenging times for our industry.
“It represents a significant step forward in the long-awaited regeneration of one of Glasgow’s most prominent gap sites, driving forward the evolution of Candleriggs Square which has quickly established itself as one of Scotland’s largest and most important commercial and residential development sites. This will be a huge boost to the area and to local businesses and we can now look forward to bringing back to life a very special area which has always been at the centre of Glasgow’s commercial and social development.”
The impressive development is nestled within Glasgow's historic Merchant City area

Dan Batterton, Head of Residential at Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets, added:

“We are proud to be working again with Drum following our successful partnership on the Solasta Riverside scheme at Buchanan Wharf. Through our development at Candleriggs Square, we are providing renters with an opportunity to move into a well-designed, flexible living space at the heart of the city, as well as supporting the local council’s target of 2,500 new homes per year over the next decade.”

The L&G residential complex will sit at the heart of Merchant City, one of Glasgow’s most desirable neighbourhoods and will help meet tenant demand for city centre housing which is located next to large employers. The development aims to create the best possible experience for renters, providing high-speed digital connectivity, dedicated workspace and exercise facilities - all of which are essential in a post-covid world.

The building is transforming a site which had lain derelict for many years