A demolition application to knock down the final building at the former IBM complex in Greenock has been lodged with Inverclyde Council.
The application for a building warrant to demolish the disused call centre at the Spango Valley site was lodged in late December 2019.
The 65,000 square foot structure was the final part of the sprawling campus to be used and was the most recent addition after its construction in the early 1990s.
The Easdale family’s property arm, Arranglen bought the 70-acre site in November 2018 and in October 2019 revealed the masterplan for a mixed-use development in partnership with Advanced Construction (GD) Ltd.
The site referred to locally as ‘The Blue Shed’, has been marketed since September 2016, with little interest in the warehouse despite its existing infrastructure and supporting features including a dedicated railway station.
The shed has more recently been marketed as a potential film and tv studio for the creative industry, with site visits from the BBC and Creative Scotland and others to look at its potential as a regional base to support the Scottish creative industries.
The shed was recently used in December 2019 as part of a documentary being made on the former IBM site, which is set to air in Spring 2020 on the BBC.
Commenting on the proposed demolition, a family spokesperson said:
“Dalglen Investments has been trying to source a tenant for the shed since the family purchased the land which would complement the wider development aims for the overall site.
“The building is a bespoke call centre and would, therefore, require a six-figure sum to transform this space into something more commercially viable.
“Over the course of the past year, the building has cost over £300k through vacant rates, security and utility costs, which is unsustainable.
“The masterplan for the site would see the shed replaced with new smaller and multiple industrial units in line with the current rental market and the long-term intention for the site.”
Dalglen Investments is the property arm of the Arranglen Group, owned by the Easdale family, which has an annual turnover of more than £125 million.
Its portfolio of business interests including public transportation, manufacturing, property, vehicle rental, vehicle accident repair centres, vehicle maintenance and repair centres.
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