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Space to let at historic Barclay Curle site

By on May 23, 2016

Another chapter unfolds at the former Barclay Curle shipbuilding and engineering complex with office suites and large industrial units available to let at the South Street site.

An important part of Glasgow’s shipbuilding heritage, the Barclay Curle Complex features office suites over three floors of the building that once housed the administration side of the  business.

The open plan industrial space is in shell condition, the units have large roller shutter doors at the front or rear of the building.

Barclay Curle was founded by Robert Barclay at Stobcross in Glasgow during 1818 and in 1862, the company built a large engineering works at Stobcross.

In 1876, the company moved its yard down the river to Whiteinch. It was incorporated in 1884 as Barclay Curle and in 1912, acquired the nearby Elderslie Shipyard in Scotstoun from John Shearer & Sons to take the excess orders that the firm’s existing Clydeholm yard in Whiteinch could not handle.

Barclay Curle itself was acquired in 1912 by Swan Hunter. During the First World War, the Barclay Curle yard built several’insect class gunboats for the Royal Navy.

The Swan Hunter-owned Barclay Curle ceased building ships in its Clydeholm Shipyard at Whiteinch, Glasgow in 1968, focusing its operations on its Tyneside yards. The Elderslie Dockyard, which lay further west on the other side of Scotstoun and operated by Barclay Curle, was acquired by Yarrow Shipbuilders in 1974.

The North British Diesel Engine Works continued and was bought by the marine engineering company Sulzer until it was nationalised as part of British Shipbuilders and transferred production to naval weapon systems in the late 1970s – finally becoming an industrial estate in the mid-1980s.

Businesses already occupying the Barclay Curle Complex include Clydeforth Engineering & Contractors Ltd, Scottish Opera, Glasgow Wood Recycling, Glasgow City Bus and Amerex.

To Let – There are multiple office suites available, ranging in size from 103 sq ftto 4,474 sq ft. In addition, there is a large dedicated on-site car park. There is also a variety of mid and end terraced industrial units ranging in size from 5,798 sq ft to 21,774 sq ft within a single storey multi-let building available to let.

Sandy Lightbody, head of agency at sole letting agents Shepherd, said: “With excellent transport links, the Barclay Curle Complex is a superb commercial location. And its large flexible floor-plates, high eaves warehousing with cranage available, making it an attractive industrial proposition.”

* The Barclay Curle Complex is three miles west of Glasgow city centre and just one mile from the Clydeside Expressway, with road links via the Clyde Tunnel and motorway networks. Offers of £7.00 sq ft for the offices and £2.50 sq ft for the industrial accommodation are invited. Contact Shepherd on 0141 331 2807.

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