Barclays Glasgow campus building opens on banks of the Clyde

By Gary Armstrong

Barclays has opened its new Glasgow campus on the banks of the Clyde in Tradeston.

The 500,000 sq. ft. site has transformed a brownfield area into a new city centre park comprising five buildings, including indoor and outdoor spaces for community events.

Meanwhile, curated space “The Street” has been developed for social enterprises and local entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products to the public.

Further amenities on campus will include wellbeing facilities, community exhibition spaces, along with a street food market offering fresh and healthy food options.

It is hoped the site will have around 5,000 employees by 2023. Barclays say the campus will house Technology, Operations, and Functions Teams, 'bringing new high-value roles to the city'.

Upon announcing the opening of the campus they said: "It is the latest step in Barclays’ global location strategy which is focused on bringing teams closer together to drive innovation and collaboration. The campus will give the bank a competitive advantage by attracting the best talent to drive the business forward.

"Barclays has grown its workforce in Glasgow by over 90% in the last four years and is on track to have around 5,000 employees on campus by 2023. Working with universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the bank is developing a robust pipeline of graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, the majority of which are going into high-skill technology roles.

"Beyond the new roles being created within Barclays, the campus is rooted in the local community and economy. During the development of the site, there has been a focus on using local suppliers and contractors wherever possible. Some of these firms have scaled their businesses as a result of their work on the campus.

"Working in partnership with the University of Glasgow, Barclays has reflected the rich heritage of the city in their names. Tradescroft, Windmillcroft and Wellcroft are new buildings and their names reflect the crofting and industrial heritage of the area. Two historic buildings, Clyde Place House and the BECO Building have been restored for public use.

A look inside the campus at the cafeteria area (© Michael McGurk 2021)

"Designed with collaboration and the future of work in mind, the workspace has complex lighting systems, smart acoustics, creative spaces and technology to support hybrid working. A fundamental aspect of the design process was ensuring that the campus was inclusive to all, with a specific focus on neurodiversity through our partnership with Scottish Autism.

"The campus will be home to the latest Barclays Eagle Lab hosting members of the Glasgow technology start-up community. The lab will focus on supporting and developing skills in new and emerging technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship."

Jes Staley, Chief Executive, Barclays said: “This campus will give us a competitive advantage through its technology and capabilities, and help us attract the best talent to drive our business forward. We wanted to create something transformative that would have a lasting impact on Glasgow, its people and the local economy. I am proud of the opportunities we have created – not just through jobs, but also through our supply chain and community initiatives. The UK is a world leader in financial services and Glasgow plays an important part. With this investment we are increasing the strategic importance of the city to our future.”

The campus has been months in the making (© Michael McGurk 2021)

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “The opening of Barclays’ Glasgow campus – one of the biggest inward investments to have ever come to Scotland - represents a landmark moment for our country’s thriving financial services industry. It is a real
statement of confidence in the talent and skills of our people and reinforces Scotland’s status as a global finance and technology hub.

“This campus itself will be a fantastic asset for the Tradeston community and Glasgow. It will contribute to the sustainable regeneration of a historic section of the Clyde Waterfront, and offer employment opportunities for local people and those who have faced barriers into work, including people with disabilities and school leavers.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland Malcolm Offord said: “I'm delighted that my first visit as a Scotland Office Minister was to see the opening of Barclays’ fantastic new campus. With decades of experience in the business and financial sectors, I know what an attractive option Scotland represents for global investment and this new flagship hub underlines that.

"Not only is there great ingenuity in its design, it also represents an exciting move forward for job creation and economic growth. Barclays is bringing thousands of highly-skilled roles to Glasgow and offering unprecedented graduate opportunities for the vast pool of talent at Scotland’s universities.

"Now, more than ever, it’s encouraging to see developments such as this play a vitally important role as we strive to build back better from the pandemic.”

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The Barclays Glasgow Campus is a very significant development for the city and its centre, as well as the wider Clydeside. The opening of the campus is a landmark stage in a process which will see many high-quality new jobs coming to the city and contribute to our economic renewal. The huge investment made by Barclays in the campus reflects their confidence in Glasgow and the skills available in the city, and we are delighted to have worked with them to support this symbolic development on the banks of the river.”


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