City’s ‘tal­ent pool’ was key to new bank base

Lo­cal community will be hired for ‘vast ma­jor­ity’ of roles

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY DREW SANDELANDS

GLAS­GOW was cho­sen as a base by bank­ing gi­ant Bar­clays due to its tal­ent pool, “pos­i­tiv­ity” and “work ethic”.

The bank is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing its new cam­pus at Buchanan Wharf which will cre­ate around 2500 jobs, with the first build­ing set to be “fully oper­a­tional” by the end of next year.

And project con­sul­tant John Livesey listed some of the rea­sons why the city was picked as the new home of Bar­clays’ tech­nol­ogy and op­er­a­tions team while giv­ing an up­date to the coun­cil’s South Sec­tor Community Part­ner­ship.

He said around 1200 will use the first build­ing to open on the third of three global cam­puses cre­ated by the com­pany, fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ments in New Jersey, USA, and Pune, In­dia.

The other two build­ings on the cam­pus are sched­uled to be com­plete by the end of 2021. The scheme will also bring the listed Kingston House and Beco build­ing back into use.

“It’s not a co­in­ci­dence Glas­gow was cho­sen,” Mr Livesey said. “There’s a nat­u­ral tal­ent pool that comes out of Glas­gow.”

He said he hoped the “vast ma­jor­ity” of jobs would come from the lo­cal community. Tech­nol­ogy ap­pren­tice­ships will be avail­able to 45 stu­dents and 20 op­er­a­tions ap­pren­tice­ships will be ad­ver­tised.

The “fo­cus is very much on Glas­gow”, he said, re­veal­ing only 12 ap­pren­tice­ships will be of­fered in Lon­don. When the plan was an­nounced, the bank said at least 341 of the jobs would go to dis­ad­van­taged work­ers or those who have a dis­abil­ity.

Mr Livesey said they have been work­ing with Scot­tish Autism as well as blind and deaf so­ci­eties and want to make the cam­pus “ac­ces­si­ble” to ev­ery­one.

A creche is also be­ing built on the site, which is cur­rently planned for the chil­dren of Bar­clays work­ers but could be opened to the public if there is space, and an “in­de­pen­dent” restau­rant is lined up.

“It’s not just a work block for Bar­clays staff. It is a cam­pus that en­cour­ages lo­cal peo­ple to visit the space,” Mr Livesey added. Clyde Place has been closed to traf­fic to al­low pedestrian­s ac­cess to the river front.

Space has been iden­ti­fied within the cam­pus for ‘The Street’, a “rent-free” area where so­cial en­ter­prises, char­i­ties or community groups can sell “their wares” to work­ers.

Mr Livesey said there have been talks with trans­port providers about how to get 5000 peo­ple to the cam­pus.

Hun­dreds of bike sheds will be pro­vided and a bike shop, with a re­pair ser­vice, will be on site. The project con­sul­tant also said he ex­pected Bridge Street Sub­way sta­tion to be used “mas­sively” and agreed to work with sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress con­cerns about ex­tra cars on the road.

He added Bar­clays had asked for a multi-storey car park and were “quite rightly” told no.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new devel­op­ment at Buchanan Wharf

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