Met Tower to accommodate Glasgow's burgeoning tech sector
January 6 2021
The B-listed former City of Glasgow College building is to provide 120,000sq/ft of office space alongside a new build 260-bed hotel after winning consent from Glasgow City Council.
The £100m project is led by Osborne & Co with Cooper Cromar Architects and will see the glass and travertine facade of the 1964 Wylie Shanks landmark replaced on a like-for-like basis while opening up floorplates internally.
Centrepiece of the new design will be a double-height rooftop incorporating a fully glazed gable and commanding views across George Square and the wider city.
Demolition of an attached podium on Cathedral Street will allow an 11-storey block to join the rebranded Met Tower via a landscaped deck, capping a double-height auditorium below. Designed to accommodate technology firms drawn to the designated Innovation District around Strathclyde University.
Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive, commented: "It is a bonus that the Met Tower office and hotel development sits within the University of Strathclyde’s Glasgow City Innovation District and as such is the kind of project that will help shape Glasgow’s growing role in the industries of the future. The provision in the design of a new public space for the heart of the city is also to be applauded.”
The precise accommodation mix is yet to be decided and may include a market hall or co-working space dependant on demand.
The project team includes structural engineers Woolgar Hunter, environmental design and mechanical & electrical consultants Atelier Ten, planning and property advisors Savills, construction consultants Gardiner & Theobald and quantity surveying consultants Thomas & Adamson.
Alf, heard they went for change of use from student accom to hotel to resi, etc (or vice versa) but seem to have given up. The insulation that's been left exposed will be well goosed.
From Cathedral Street it has no redeeming features at all, it's as if it's just intended to be the backside of the building. And hasn't that "V" supporting pillars been done before in the city?
Another opportunity missed.
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