Just weeks after refurbishment works completed at New Olympia House, it has been announced that Scripture Union (SU) Scotland has leased the entire refurbished building, which will be their new Scottish headquarters.
Designed by locally- based architectural practice O’Donnell Brown, the ex-Salvation Army Citadel has been comprehensively refurbished to provide self-contained, contemporary office space extending to 3,000 sq ft over two floors. The design of the refurbished property includes a large sculptural metal tower called the Beacon, a nod to the adjacent Bridgeton Umbrella.
New Olympia House will provide SU Scotland with their own front door and flexible accommodation with space for offices, meetings and local events. An option for SU Scotland to purchase the building has also been agreed, providing initial occupational flexibility and the ability for SU Scotland to secure their long term presence in Glasgow’s East End.
New Olympia House is situated on Olympia Street at Bridgeton Cross, perfectly located for SU, in the heart of Glasgow’s East End. This relocation is part of the organisation’s strategy to be working more closely with local schools and communities in the City of Glasgow.
Robin MacLellan, CEO of Scripture Union Scotland, said: “We are delighted to become the newest tenant of Bridgeton’s historic and increasingly thriving civic community. This beautifully refurbished building is ideally positioned with strong transport links and we hope our presence can add real value to the life of the local community in Bridgeton as well as providing a high quality base for our work with children and families across Scotland.”
Martin McKay, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway added: “This is an exciting letting of a well-known building which has been carefully restored to secure its future and to play its part within Bridgeton’s Civic Hub. There is a real buzz in the area at the moment and the timing of this new and important letting comes as the refurbishment of the famous Bridgeton Umbrella nears completion.”
Avison Young represented Clyde Gateway and Neil Munro Property Consultants represented Scripture Union Scotland.