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Technical students wowed at Bam’s tight Glasgow site

The last time Open Doors Weekend was held in 2013, Bam drew back the curtain on its site at 110 Queen Street in Glasgow.

Back then, demolition had just completed and piling was underway – now, in 2015, a near-complete commercial building, known as Connect110ns, stands on this tight city centre site.

The development was one of the first commercial schemes to kick off in Glasgow after the recession, and has seen Bam act as developer, architect and contractor – with the firm also set to carry out FM services once the building is complete.

The Open Doors tour that Construction News attended saw a group of secondary-school pupils studying either design and manufacture or practical woodworking from St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge getting a look around the site.

“It’s been great to open their minds to something they’ve never seen before” Patricia Delaney, St Ambrose High School

The students, who are undertaking technical studies, saw a timelapse showing the progress of construction so far, before getting up close to the site’s very own tower crane, situated in the middle of the building.

British Gypsum were also on site to demonstrate how the building’s materials worked, a subject the technical students were keen to hear about.

Their technical teacher Patricia Delaney enjoyed the day, saying: “We wanted to bring them to a site to show them what it’s all about, as a couple of them are interested in construction as a career.

“It’s been great to open their minds to something that they’ve never seen before.”

Connect110ns

Location Glasgow

Contractor Bam Construct

Client Bam Properties

Architect Bam Design

M&E consultant Bam Design

Structural engineer Bam Design

Project manager Gardiner & Theobald

QS Gardiner & Theobald

Facilities manager Bam FM

Project value £50m

Start date January 2013

Completion date June 2015

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