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Surprise rejection for Reiach and Hall in Glasgow

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Councillors in Glasgow have gone against officer recommendations and turned down a £65 million revamp of a 1970s office block in the city’s George Square

The George House overhaul, designed by Reiach and Hall Architects for Redevco, was narrowly rejected 8-6 by the planning committee and was branded, according to local reports, ‘an aesthetic disaster’.

The competition-winning scheme would have created a 30,000m² office building with a restaurant, skybar and convention facilities.

Practice director Neil Gillespie said: ‘We’re very disappointed given the collaborative process we went through with the city, the city design champion and Historic Scotland to get to this decision.’

‘The decision is a refusal. The standard protocol is to appeal or resubmit. We’ve not been instructed by our clients how we’re to proceed.’



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