Bothwell Exchange Phase One
The first phase of a much greater concept and located at ‘the gateway to Glasgow’s business district’ is the new-build, 122 Waterloo Street. Eventually forming part of the Bothwell Exchange that will see 122 Waterloo Street and 177 Bothwell Street become a full city block in 2021. With 177 to become the first development in Scotland to achieve a Platinum WiredScore Certification, the building collaboration is big news for the cities business district.
In an enviable position for commuters, 122 Waterloo Street benefits from being within a 10-minute walking distance of three train stations. Stations include Charring Cross Station, Aderston Station and more notably the 11th busiest station within the UK, Glasgow Central Station. Launched in 2001 as Glasgow’s International Financial Services District (IFSD), the area is recognised as the brand for Glasgow’s financial and business community.
Great Relationships form Successful Projects.
The lead architects on 122 Waterloo Street was Michael Laird Associates. An architectural firm that can be linked to other prestigious developments such as the local 191 West George Street. Working with the architects on previous projects within the city, there was a clear understanding of the clients requirements regarding building traffic and security.
Adaptable Security Solutions.
Being brought into the project back in 2015, there were predicted changes regarding building occupancy levels. In 2017 it was decided that 122 Waterloo Street’s entrance would consist of two fully automatic, 4 wing revolving doors (Tourniket). 4 wings allow for a more monitored and controlled throughput. Knowing the building capacity helped to dictate the number of lanes required and the type of lane layout needed to suit. We as always, had to consider DDA access, and how to incorporate this into the lane design seamlessly. This led to a wide lane configuration being placed at the end of the bank. Wide lane configurations allow for disabled users to enter/exit through a similar type of turnstile.