Monday’s announcement that Barclays will be taking 450,000sq ft of space in a new office development in Glasgow was welcome news for Scotland’s largest city. As well as creating 2,500 new jobs, the bank will also be relocating a comparable number of people from offices elsewhere in the UK. That means thousands of displaced workers will find themselves house hunting in an unfamiliar part of the country, in a property market with quirks like the offers over system. But worst of all, they will be trying to determine the best areas of Glasgow for families, commuters and outdoor enthusiasts.
While many people moving to Glasgow will naturally focus their property searches on affluent suburbs like Newton Mearns and Giffnock, we at Living in Uddingston feel our own town might be of interest to Barclays staff being relocated. Uddingston is less than ten miles by car from the upcoming Barclays HQ in Tradeston, for those staff lucky enough to get parking permits. For everyone else, Uddingston’s train station is less than fifteen minutes from Glasgow Central – itself a short walk from the forthcoming Buchanan Wharf development where Barclays will be based.
The rest of this website comprehensively explains why anyone moving to Glasgow from England might wish to consider settling in Uddingston. Below, we’ve summarised a few key benefits to living in Uddingston, which is spread between North and South Lanarkshire, bisected by the M74 motorway to England and the West Coast Mainline train link to London:
Unlike anywhere else in Scotland, Uddingston is bordered by three motorways. The M8 links Glasgow and Edinburgh, the M73 goes north towards Stirling – and the M74 has a junction a few hundred yards from Buchanan Wharf’s new Barclays HQ.
Unlike most Scottish towns, Uddingston has a thriving high street with almost 100 per cent retail occupancy. Tannochside hosts one of Scotland’s largest retail parks, while a smaller M&S-anchored development opened in 2016 in Uddingston village.
Unlike much of South Lanarkshire, Uddingston village remains affordable. Neighbouring Bothwell and nearby Thorntonhall feature some of Scotland’s most expensive homes, while Lanark and Strathaven are also pricey places to live.
Unlike most of North Lanarkshire, Uddingston’s Calderbraes and Tannochside suburbs enjoy low levels of poverty and deprivation, reflected in the enduring desirability of their housing stock.
By the time Barclays staff move to Glasgow in 2021, the existing developments of new homes in Uddingston will be sold out. However, pockets of land have been set aside in the ten-year South Lanarkshire Local Plan for more new homes in Uddingston, while the resale market is fast-moving but accessible. And although they’re part of Glasgow rather than Uddingston, new homes should still be available in the dormitory village of Broomhouse, a mile north of Uddingston along the A721.
To any Barclays staff reading this article – we hope to see you in a couple of years. And tell all your friends. They’ll thank you once they’re here.