26 March 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Glasgow - Scotland

 Commercial properties to rent in Glasgow

The medieval city of Glasgow has changed dramatically over the years. From humble beginnings as a small village on the River Clyde, Glasgow developed to become one of the major trading and business hubs in the UK. In fact, during the reign of Queen Victoria, it was known as the ‘Second City of the British Empire’ for its shipbuilding, chemical and textile engineering. Glasgow’s medieval roots are now mostly covered by Victorian architecture, though you can still see some glimpses into its past through buildings such as the Cathedral, the Old College Bar pub and Crookston Castle.

Today, Glasgow is divided into five parts: north, south, east, west and the City Centre. The centre is based around a grid system and is full of bustling businesses. In the east you’ll find some of the oldest buildings in the city along with plenty of new creative ventures, while the north celebrates the industrial revolution with renovated factories, mills and warehouses along the waterways. Head west for leafy neighbourhoods and gastronomic adventures and look to the south to explore parks and thriving communities.

Glasgow is set for big things in business, too. The EY Scottish ITEM Club 2019 believes the city is on track to achieve 2.6% GVA growth by 2021 – which puts it ahead of the rest of Scotland.

Old Sheriff Court Building, 70, Hutcheson StreetProperty statistics

  • Total available: 950+
  • Most listings available on: Barton Street (100+ buildings)


  • Subway
  • There are 15 stops across the city and it takes just 24 minutes to complete the full journey. Prices start at just £1.40.
  • Glasgow Central Station
  • Managed by Network Rail and connects the city to the south and England. It is the busiest railway station in Scotland.
  • Glasgow Queen Street Station
  • Operated by ScotRail, this station offers trains to Edinburgh and destinations in the North.
  • SPT
  • This regional transport partnership connects the Subway to bus services. With just one day pass, you can get to over 110 stations in Greater Glasgow.
  • First Bus
  • First Bus Glasgow has invested £100 million in new buses and now operates over 100 routes across the city.
  • Buchanan Bus Station
  • Open 24, the station is served by a range of bus companies, including Stagecoach, First, National Express, City Link, Megabus and more. It also connects to the SPT services. These buses mostly connect to destinations across Scotland, but there are a number of services to England and Northern Ireland, including London, Plymouth and Belfast
  • Glasgow Airport
  • Offers flights to over 100 worldwide destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Cancun, Dubrovnik, Geneva, Krakow, New York, Paris, Rome and Toronto. UK and Irish airports include, Belfast, Dublin, London, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and more. Host to 23 airlines (including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, EasyJet and Air Canada).

Offices to rent in Glasgow

Retail units to rent in Glasgow

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There are 22 gyms in the area – take a look!

Banks and Post Offices

  • Clydesdale Bank
  • Bank of Scotland 
  • HSBC
  • RBS
  • TSB Bank
  • Barclays Bank
  • NatWest
  • The Co-op Bank, Tesco Bank and Virgin Money

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Sainsbury’s and Lidl (25 branches each)
  • Tesco, Morrisons, ASDA and Aldi (10 branches each)
  • Waitrose, Chinatown Groceries, SeeWoo Foods and Everyday Oriental Supermarket (one branch)

There are 19 shopping centres in Glasgow, the largest of which are:

  • Silverburn Shopping Centre - over 100 shops
  • Buchanan Galleries - over 80 shops
  • St. Enoch Centre - over 60 shops
  • Other popular shopping centres include Princes Square Shopping Centre, intu Braehead, The Forge Shopping Centre, Glasgow Fort and more.

Retail properties to let in Glasgow

Office spaces on Realla that offer something a little different


1 West Regent Street

Magenta Business Park

Strathclyde Business Centre

135 Buchanan Street

The Hub at Pacific Quay

Highlander House

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Meet the neighbours– big businesses in Glasgow

  • Scottish Power
  • Clydesdale Bank
  • Tunnock’s
  • Trespass
  • BT
  • The Weir Group
  • Optical Expres

Large offices and co-working spaces in Glasgow

Serviced offices to let in Glasgow

Did you know?

  • Glasgow is named after the Gaelic for ‘Green Valley’.
  • Tunnock’s, famed for its teacakes and caramel wafers, was founded in Glasgow in 1865. It is still a family run business today.
  • Cineworld Glasgow is the tallest cinema in the world.
  • The City Chambers in Glasgow is thought to have more marble than the Vatican.
  • Trees twice as old as dinosaurs are said to be in Fossil Grove, Victoria Park.
  • Although Edinburgh is the Scottish capital, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland.
  • Glasgow did once have a large castle to rival Edinburgh, but not of it now remains.
  • The oldest music hall still surviving is in Glasgow, tucked away down a lane and up a stairwell.
  • Chicken Tikka Masala is thought to have been invented at the Shish Mahal curry house in Glasgow.

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