Hotel and student accommodation plans unveiled for landmark Glasgow buildings

Student accommodation plans have been revealed for the Charles Oakley Building
Student accommodation plans have been revealed for the Charles Oakley Building

Two of Glasgow’s iconic buildings are to get new uses under new £100 million proposals set to be unveiled to the public.

The Metropolitan Tower, known to generations as the College of Building and Printing, will be converted to create the ‘Glasgow Metropolitan Hotel’ alongside a newly constructed linked building fronting Cathedral Street.

The new conference hotel will comprise of 640 bedrooms, 20,000 sq ft of flexible conference and meeting space, bar, restaurant and ancillary retail space.

The Charles Oakley Building will also be converted to high quality serviced student accommodation and together with a new building set in parkland to the rear, will provide 400 bedrooms with state of the art facilities in shared apartments.

Members of the public have until 4pm on Tuesday August 8 to have their say prior to a planning application being made.

Plans for the buildings will be on public display at an exhibition on Saturday July 29 between 10.30am and 4pm in the foyer of the Metropolitan Tower.

Developers Study Inn has estimated that the development will created over 600 construction jobs as well as 250 permanent operational jobs.

The project is hoped to enhance the quarter of the city with provision of new open space, pathways through the developments and improvement of the street scene

Study Inn director, Kieran Leahy, said: “We are delighted that our first Scottish project is in Glasgow and gives us the opportunity to work with these two fantastic landmark properties. We know that tourism, commerce and education are all vital elements of the city’s economy and these plans will make a positive contribution to all those sectors.

“These projects would not work in every City, but Glasgow has the special combination of characteristics which make it attractive and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to make this significant investment for the Study Inn Group.”

It is anticipated that a planning application will be made in the last quarter of 2017 and hoped that consent would be granted for both sites early 2018. It’s likely that the developed sites would open in phases up to 2019.

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