THE last remaining former IBM building at Spango Valley is set to be torn down.

A demolition application has been submitted to the council, seeking the green light to knock down the old blue shed call centre which is now the last structure still standing on the site.

The 65,000 sq ft building was the final part of the sprawling campus to be used by the computing firm and it was built in the early 1990s.

Greenock businessmen Sandy and James Easadale snapped up the 70-acre ex-IBM site for £1.5m in 2018 and recently unveiled plans for a £100 million mixed-use development plan on it.

They hope to build homes and businesses in partnership with development firm Advanced Construction Ltd.

The building, referred to locally as the 'blue shed’, has been marketed since September 2016 but there was little interest shown despite its existing infrastructure and access to the site's dedicated railway station.

It was recently marketed as a potential film and TV studio, with site visits made by the BBC and Creative Scotland.

The shed was used as recently as last month as part of a documentary being made about the former IBM site which will air in the spring on the BBC, but now its days are numbered.

A spokesperson for the Easdales said: “Dalglen Investments has been trying to source a tenant for the shed since the family purchased the land, which would complement the wider development aims for the overall site.

“The building is a bespoke call centre and it would therefore require a six-figure sum to transform this space into something more commercially viable.

“Over the course of the past year, the building has cost over £300k through vacant rates, security and utility costs, which is unsustainable.

“The masterplan for the site would see the shed replaced with new smaller and multiple industrial units in line with the current rental market and the long-term intention for the site.”

Dalglen Investments is the property arm of the Arranglen Group, owned by the Easdale family, which has an annual turnover of more than £125 million.

Its portfolio of business interests including bus firm McGill's, manufacturing, property, vehicle rental and accident repair centres.