Plans filed for the rejuvenation of a landmark Glasgow college tower
April 8 2020
An application to remodel Glasgow’s B-listed Metropolitan Tower for office use has been filed by Cooper Cromar Architects, including demolition of an attached podium building to provide a 260-bed hotel and serviced apartments.
Significant internal remodelling of the landmark will see the partitioned floorplates opened up to provide 120,000sq/ft of grade A office space. Period features such as Travertine, Vitrolite and natural stone finishes in the lavish main reception will be retained as will floor finishes, balustrades, timber bulkheads and escape doors within the stair cores.
A flying staircase connecting the 13th and 14th floor will also be preserved by the planned work, creating a lofty double-height office environment with a terrace and viewing gallery overlooking George Square.
Externally curtain walling will be replaced with paint finishes to be stripped off and all exposed concrete to be cleaned and repaired as necessary.
A landscaped courtyard will connect old and new elements with the steep topography of the city centre site utilised to bury a market hall and leisure space below, connecting directly to the main reception and entrance off North Hanover Street and North Frederick Street.
Will Hean, development director at Osborne+Co, commented: “Undoubtedly, the city’s economy will face challenges over the coming weeks and months, but we are determined to underline our commitment to the city by progressing with the application and using the time we have now to ensure we are in a position to move forward when circumstances allow.”
The former college building rebranded as the Met Tower to signify its £100m rebirth.
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