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Glasgow land sale to clear the way for mixed-use infill

May 26 2015

Glasgow land sale to clear the way for mixed-use infill
Glasgow City Council looks set to continue with its policy of disposal with unused assets with the sale of land at George Street and John Street to make way for 59 serviced apartments, 375 student flats and 23,688 sq/ft of commercial space.

Councillors are recommending approval of the sale of the plot to Chris Stewart Group for £5.1m as the developer aims to replicate the success it has enjoyed in Edinburgh with its first Glasgow project.

Gareth Hoskins Architects propose to drive a new lane connecting John Street to North Frederick Street off which would be built a 10 student housing block on vacant ground, as well as a converted A-listed office block and stables and two garages.

Several unlisted buildings will also be demolished.

A spokesperson for The Chris Stewart Group observed: “This is an exciting development opportunity with the prospect of delivering a unique city centre environment.

"By harnessing the potential of the existing listed buildings and creating a new lane with its own identity, our plans are to open up the area for everyone to enjoy."

This comes in tandem with the proposed sale of land at Park Circus for residential use, with City Property Glasgow also currently advertising a half hectare site at 20 India Street for sale following the clearance of existing buildings in late summer.
Plan of the proposed George Street complex
Plan of the proposed George Street complex


#1 Posted by Alf on 26 May 2015 at 11:19 AM
Any more images UR?
#2 Posted by UR on 26 May 2015 at 11:52 AM
This is all we have at the moment Alf, still chasing for the architect.
#3 Posted by wonky on 26 May 2015 at 16:34 PM
Good to see that one of the city's oldest gapsites will go but sad to hear the General Register Office in John Street will go- can't part of it be incorporated into the design AND include the punch through to North Frederick Street? Let's hope for a new lease of life for the A listed Council Parish Halls & the B listed council offices adjacent. Why are there only 59 flats & 375 students flats- does no one want to live in the city? It leaves us with a weird market led conundrum: can't we create a market (build it & they will come?) & why hasn't the bottom fallen out of the student market yet? The plans do sound intriguing- specifically the planned verticality- personally I would prefer more emphasis on residential.
#4 Posted by Alf on 26 May 2015 at 17:08 PM
Wonky, I agree. Whilst it will be good to see some development on this 'gap' site, the volume of planned student flats in Glasgow is a little concerning.
#5 Posted by bonvivant on 28 May 2015 at 18:34 PM
Let's just hope that it's not another pile of neither imaginative or contextual wooden slatted ****, as is going up in St Andrew's Square in Edinburgh.
#6 Posted by landrequired on 1 Jun 2015 at 10:39 AM
The city centre site is a prime site for student residences.. it probably couldn't be any better frankly for the student mkt .. the 'bottom hasn't fallen out' of student market because if simple economics - supply - demand - a relative shortage of bespoke student accomm of modern standards in the city. It means students are close to the Uni instead of scattered around the city and the new building put up are greener and there are fewer journeys

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