Historic Bridgeton building set for new lease of life

CLYDE Gateway has announced it is investing £1.67 million to breathe new life into the Olympia House building at Bridgeton Cross, creating 350 sqm of commercial office space.

In what will become New Olympia House, contractor Redpath Construction will oversee the refurbishment of the two-storey red sandstone building that retains conservation elements while also creating open-plan floors, a double height upper floor, a new public entrance and installing a platform lift.

New Olympia House is a former Salvation Army Citadel and will be able to accommodate 20 full time or equivalent jobs. Clyde Gateway purchased the former HQ of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland in December 2020.

The regeneration specialist said the new offices are likely to appeal to finance, creative or digital companies.

Clyde Gateway’s chief executive Ian Manson said, “It’s great to see work starting on transforming another historic building in Bridgeton and adding new premises to bring more jobs to the country’s fastest growing business hub. While preserving its heritage and original features, New Olympia House will be a contemporary commercial space that has exceptional walking, cycling and public transport links, with regular trains serving the adjacent Bridgeton station.”

Susan Cardwell, Redpath marketing and business development manager, added, “This will be a challenging and exciting project that will transform a well-known building in Glasgow into a modern office setting, while retaining all of the character of the original Olympia House. Redpath is currently delivering a refurbishment of Bridgeton Health Centre and we are looking forward to beginning work at New Olympia House to support the continued regeneration of Glasgow’s east end.”