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June 7 2018

Stalled Glasgow office bid makes way for hotel and student housing
A stalled office development in Glasgow city centre could be brought forward as a mix of 300 hotel rooms and 446 student beds following submission of new plans for the prominent junction of Renfield and Renfrew Street’s.

Drawings submitted by Consarc Design Group call for the creation of a Maldron Hotel on the vacant corner plot after repeated attempts to pursue an office solution met with ‘limited financial viability’.

In a summary of their bid Consarc wrote: “Over many years, various attempts have been made to reconcile an office building use on this site and there appears to have been limited financial viability to develop this particular use. It therefore seems that a more sustainable use for this site is a mixed-use development, one that brings variety and contributes to local business and tourism in the city. 

“Contextually the existing vacant site is unsatisfactory, there is a tremendous opportunity to put back a missing urban block in this important site.”

The chosen solution is a single brick and cast stone block separating out its different uses through the choice of a red and buff colour palette. Three external amenity areas are provided for in the student element including ground level courtyards and an upper terrace.
Renfrew Street will be activated by hotel bars and restaurants
Renfrew Street will be activated by hotel bars and restaurants
The student component of the build will be split between a mix of studio and cluster flats
The student component of the build will be split between a mix of studio and cluster flats

3 Comments

Mr Reasonable
#1 Posted by Mr Reasonable on 7 Jun 2018 at 12:31 PM
Maybe it would be better to develop more housing for those who are not students, the private rental market surely has more longevity?
Bill
#2 Posted by Bill on 7 Jun 2018 at 13:23 PM
I particularly enjoy the idea of an outdoor table tennis table on the 14th floor in Glasgow for a demographic who tend to be disproportionately absent during the brief summer months.

Those kitchens look awfully small for 8 people...
Pablo
#3 Posted by Pablo on 7 Jun 2018 at 15:20 PM
#1 Building housing for students doesn't stop companies building private rental housing for those who are not students They're separate markets.

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