Former BOAC Offices:
Designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia architectural practice, and the work of lead architects Andy MacMillan & Isi Metzstein. Built 1968-70 as offices for BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation). The building is a framed structure, with steelwork and a distinctive copper cladding on the top 3 storeys which wrap around the 3 exposed elevations of the building. Refurbished in 2007 and partially re-clad, the building is divided into shop space on the ground floor and office space above. Whilst occupied after refurbishment, the building is currently vacant. The majority of photographs below are from 2011, with the addition of 3 photographs form 2007 taken during the building's refurbishment. Listed as a category B listing.

street address: 85 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 3HF
Latitude / Longitude: 55.859814,-4.254593 (sourced using Google Maps)

view looking north, of the east Buchanan Street elevation, and a partial view of the south elevation where the building borders Mitchell Lane


view south down Buchanan Street and the variety of buildings down this street


east Buchanan Street elevation, with shop space at ground level, and on top 3 storeys of copper clad office space, note the newer patch of copper cladding to the left at first floor level from the 2007 refurbishment


top of the east elevation


window detail


close up of the weathered copper cladding


south-east corner, the new cladding on the Mitchell Lane elevation after four years still contrasts to the east elevation cladding illustrating the long term weathering process that copper undergoes


a photograph taken in 2007 during the refurbishment, the new copper cladding is clearly visible


view east down along Mitchell Lane to Buchanan Street


two photographs taken in 2007 during refurbishment showing structural steelwork visible looking up into the building from Mitchell Lane


the regulat rhythm of the facade is broken on the Mitchell Lane elevation


Mitchell Lane copper cladding


rear (west) facade


the top north/west corner at the rear of the building


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