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Tuesday, February 12, 2024

30m 'Copenhagen' building marks 200th anniversary of Wellington's Waterloo mount

The 200th anniversary of the birth of 'Copenhagen', the chestnut stallion that famously carried the Duke of Wellington through the battle of Waterloo, is being marked with a 30m office development in the heart of Glasgow city centre - to be called 'The Copenhagen Building'.

Born in 1808, Copenhagen was a chestnut stallion of 15 hands. Although sired by Meteor, a racehorse that secured second place in the Derby of 1786, Copenhagen failed at racing, winning one minor Newmarket race in a short career spanning only 13 outings.

After being shipped to Spain during the Peninsular War he was purchased by the Duke of Wellington in 1813. Copenhagen subsequently carried the Duke throughout the day at the Battle of Waterloo, celebrating victory by kicking The Duke when he dismounted at the end of the battle.

After Waterloo, he was retired to the Duke's country estate at Stratfield Saye, dying in 1836 at the age of 28. His funeral was with full military honours and his grave, which can be seen today, is marked by a magnificent turkey oak tree planted in 1843 by the Duke's housekeeper, Mrs Apostles.

The Copenhagen Building is being named in recognition of the legacy and contribution this remarkable horse made to British military history, and the long relationship his master, the Duke of Wellington, has with the City of Glasgow - (there is a prominent statue of the Duke of Wellington in Royal Exchange Square, opposite the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)).

Extending to some 53,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, The Copenhagen Building is located on the western side of Hope Street (previously known as Copenhagen Street). It faces Glasgow Central Station and the Central Station Hotel, and falls within Glasgow's expanding International Financial Services District (IFSD).

The 30m reconstruction of this landmark building brings much-needed high quality office capacity to Glasgow City centre, where availability of Grade A office space is at an all-time low. It will also act as a further boost to the expansion of the International Financial Services District, which is attracting a growing number of businesses to the city and generating significant new employment opportunities.

Rob Hill, the developer explained the decision to name the building after Copenhagen: "Quite simply we wanted a real name that had meaning and a connection to the city. Glasgow's economy is performing strongly and the prospects for continued growth and demand for high quality office space are very encouraging. We are very confident in the city, and are delighted our funder Allied Irish Bank (GB) feels the same way."

The Copenhagen Building will open in early 2009, and will feature a display telling the history and story of The Duke of Wellington and his horse.