HISTORIC ‘At Risk’ Building Can Be Turned Into Nearly 100 Serviced Apartments

6 April, 2022 | News, Listed / Historic Buildings

A PLAN to convert empty upper floors of B-listed Glasgow city centre premises into serviced apartments has been approved.

Described as a “contemporary development within a historic envelope”, the application is for 96 serviced one-bedroom rented apartments and studios at 55 West Regent Street.

The proposal involves external fabric repairs and complete regeneration of interior space plus creation of three additional storeys to the rear.

It has been given the go-ahead by Glasgow City planners.

A visualisation showing how changes at roof level would appear

There will be a communal lounge on the seventh floor with panoramic views over the city centre, a gym and a terrace/balcony.

The apartments would be on the first floor upwards, which were last used as offices but are estimated to have been vacant for 25 years.

Ground floor and basement levels are occupied by a nightclub, cafe/restaurant and takeaway food outlet.

The property — which is on the Buildings at Risk register — was part of Castle Chambers, the former headquarters of distillers and brewers McLachlan & Co of Castle Brewery, commissioned and built between 1898 and 1902.

A visualisation showing how the extra floors to the rear and changes at roof level would appear
The proposed rear elevation

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