The entire IFDS was a massive ten year development, using a mix of public and private investment to regenerate the area, creating a series of modern office complex as well as renovating the walkway along the River Clyde. It also gave rise to the Tradeston Footbridge, designed by Danish firm Dissing+Weitling, immediately opposite Atlantic Quay. Some have dubbed the area the “Square Kilometre” (referencing London’s Square Mile), while others prefer the moniker “Wall Street on Clyde” (referencing New York’s financial hub).
One of the main architectural companies in the design of Atlantic Quay, BDP, retained the façade of an A-listed warehouses on James Watt Street. The former upholstery factory, built in the mid-19th century, was the scene of a devastating fire which claimed he lives of 22 people in 1968. BDP designed three of the buildings in Phase 1 of Atlantic Quay, while Wilson Bowden Developments are working on several more.