In Pictures: Plans to transform Glasgow building branded one of the ugliest in the UK

The Met Tower building in Glasgow, home to the distinctive pink ‘People Make Glasgow‘ sign, ranked second in a list of unattractive buildings. Photography experts dubbed the iconic building a ‘crime against architecture’.

Architecture Professor Alan Dunlop has defended the city centre landmark saying: “As far as the importance of the buildings, I think it’s one of the best examples of modernist architecture, certainly in Glasgow, but I would also say in Scotland.

“It’s one of the finest and most elegant buildings built in the 1960s that Glasgow actually has.”

When it opened as the Stow College of Building in 1964, the North Hannover Street premises was one of the first commercial high-rises in the city.

It later underwent a merger becoming, as many will know it, the Glasgow College of Building and Printing.

Prof Dunlop said: “The buildings built in the 1960s and 1970s - there was a sense among architects who were working there at that time that they had a chance to do something pretty innovative and creative.

“The surfaces and forms in the Met Tower are very elegant.

“The glass fenestration for both the south and north elevations are very well refined.

“They use vitrolite, which is pigmented structural glass, and then the sides are travertine limestone.

“So there’s a real elegance about it in comparison to what would notably be recognised immediately as a brutalist structure although it does have brutalist elements to it.”

Detailed plans for the forthcoming transformation of Glasgow’s iconic Met Tower have been unveiled by Bruntwood SciTech, the UK’s leading property provider dedicated to the growth of the science and technology sector. Bruntwood SciTech’s proposals include both its refurbishment vision for the former City of Glasgow College building as well as detailed plans for a new, adjoining tower which collectively will create a new technology and digital hub in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre and Glasgow City Innovation District.

The £60m investment will see Bruntwood SciTech bring the current Grade B-listed building back into use and open in Summer 2025, following a 10-year period of vacancy, and construct the new, adjacent building set to open in 2026. Combined, the two towers will offer more than 200,000 sq ft of serviced and leased office space to supercharge the growth of the city’s tech sector. Enabling works on the site are already underway, with work on Met Tower expected to commence this winter, subject to planning permission.

Here’s what the future of the building looks like.

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