A CLOSING date has been set in the sale of a prestigious former school site in Glasgow City Centre.
The A-listed old High School of Glasgow complex in Elmbank Street is described as “a truly unique development opportunity”.
It is being marketed by Graham + Sibbald for City Property (Investments). Offers are to be made by noon on 31 January 2020.
The buildings, which were later occupied by Strathclyde Regional Council and Police Scotland, comprise five blocks around a central courtyard, together with two gatehouses and a smaller modern addition.
Most of the accommodation was converted to offices from educational use. The marketing website states: “Continued use of the buildings for this purpose would be consistent with protecting the City Centre as a SEIL [Strategic Economic Investment Location].
“However this unique opportunity also provides a prospect for sustainable re-purposing with a new use that complements the office function and extends activity outwith office hours. This is essential in ensuring the city centre remains attractive to inward investors.
“This outstanding A-listed building has the potential to be utilised as a high-end luxury hotel with some of the unique spaces suitable for conferencing, banqueting and supporting leisure uses or concessionary retail.”
Removal of a modern, former operational, utilitarian building on the site would be welcomed and “may provide an opportunity for modest enabling development”.
The statement concludes: “A mix of complementary uses may also be acceptable providing these uses do not have a detrimental impact on the SEIL or the buildings’ special architectural or historical interest.”