FORMER ‘Blue Lagoon’ Site Now Proposed For High-Rise Student Housing

25 August, 2023 | Student Accommodation

THE high-profile 109 West Nile Street development plot, originally intended for a hotel, is being added to the numerous Glasgow City Centre student accommodation plans.

Tiger Developments and Host Student Housing are bringing forward proposals for a high-rise block, possibly with a restaurant/cafe and gym.

The site, at the corner with Bath Street, formerly housed a Blue Lagoon chippy, O Sole Mio restaurant and the Iron Horse Bar.

The developers have started public consultation and state on their website: “Following grant of planning permission for hotel use on the site, there has been a lack of developer interest in delivering a hotel in this location.

“The applicants therefore propose to seek planning permission for a different use, which will result in the return to active use of the site, providing much needed accommodation for students attending Glasgow’s higher and further education establishments.

“Proposals for the redevelopment of the site are currently evolving, with the intention that these will be of high quality design and appearance.”

They continue: “A Student Need and Demand Assessment was prepared by Cushman and Wakefield in support of these proposals which provides evidence that the under-supply of student accommodation is acute.

“The Need and Assessment found that in 2021/22, there were 25,752 students who were in need of a bed but unable to access one. The site offers significant opportunity given the wider demand-supply dynamics in Glasgow.

“The excellent location of the proposed development means that the scheme is likely to prove an attractive prospect to students seeking a good-quality student experience.”

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