Student accommodation plans for empty central Glasgow office building

Student accommodation plans for empty central Glasgow office building

abrdn plc has submitted plans to convert empty office space in central Glasgow into student accommodation on behalf of The Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund.

Under the plans, 48 student studio units would be created on the upper floors of Finlay House, 10-14 West Nile Street.

Documents submitted with the application read: “The premises have seen challenging times with 50 per cent of the floor space vacant over the long term (over 18 months).

“The longer-term prospects for the building are not good as office space in the city is plentiful following the longer-term impacts of the pandemic with many working from home or on hybrid arrangements.

“To ensure the building has a viable and sustainable future, the project brief was to retain its successful ground floor retail uses, whilst repurposing upper levels for student accommodation.

“Our proposal is for the creation of 48 student studio rooms, with associated high-quality internal amenity provision.”

The ground floor, occupied by Las Iguanas restaurant and Innis & Gunn Brewery Taproom public house, would be unaffected by the conversion, reGlasgow reports.

Facilities would include a games room, a gym and a private dining room.

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