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Koetter Kim scoops job for Glasgow media quarter

Koetter Kim Associates has beaten Patel Taylor Architects, Gareth Hoskins Architects and landscape designer Ian White Associates to win a major masterplan for a new media quarter on Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

The masterplan will cover 25ha of mostly undeveloped land south of the River Clyde. It will include a business park of 35,000m 2, leisure and retail facilities and a digital media campus.

'The area near Govan has a long history of neglect, ' said Pushpa Arabindoo, masterplanner for Koetter Kim. 'We hope this will start regeneration and be a visible and logical interface between the public and private sector.'

Jim Cumming, a manager at Mackenzie Partnership, which is project managing the scheme for all stakeholders, said Koetter Kim won because of its 'previous experience and grasp of all the issues involving the site'.

Koetter Kim project manager Iain Miller cited waterfront projects at Canary Wharf and in America, and IT campuses. 'We told them [the developers] they needed increased density to give it more vibrancy, ' he added.

BDP's Glasgow Science Centre, a £75 million project with a 100m tower designed by Richard Horden Architects, is already on the site. BBC Scotland also plans an HQ at Pacific Quay by 2004, opposite Foster and Partners' 'Armadillo' conference centre.

The firm will spend three months drawing together objectives of the various stakeholders.

These include Scottish Enterprise and Pacific Quay Developments, which includes Grosvenor and Miller Developments and the BBC.

Nine months will be spent designing the masterplan. Costs, detailed land requirements and timescales will be firmed up during the masterplanning.

BBC Scotland is set to choose a winner for its quayside HQ design today. Shortlisted practices include Alan Murray Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, Mecanoo, Page & Park Architects, Richard Rogers Partnership, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects and Wilkinson Eyre.

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