NEARLY 100 Serviced Apartments Proposed For Historic ‘At Risk’ Building

23 November, 2020 | Residential, Listed / Historic Buildings

PLANS have been drawn up to convert empty upper floors of B-listed Glasgow city centre premises into serviced apartments.

The proposal for 55 West Regent Street involves comprehensive external fabric repairs and complete regeneration of interior space plus creation of three additional storeys to the rear.

A visualisation showing how changes at roof level would appear

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

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

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 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 application is pending consideration by city planners.

The proposed rear elevation

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