PLAN To Turn Upper Floors Of Historic Building Into Flats

29 December, 2020 | Residential, Listed / Historic Buildings

PLANNERS are being asked to approve a proposal to convert office space in a B-listed Glasgow City Centre building into apartments.

The upper floors of premises on the corner of Renfield Street and St Vincent Street would be turned into six flats under the plan.

The building dates from 1853 and was built as an insurance office. Cleaning and repair of the stonework is also to take place.

A design statement submitted with the application explains: “The first and second floors are currently offices, however as the spaces and facilities are not compatible with current office requirements these have become difficult to let and have been lying vacant for some time.

“The third floor is currently occupied by Boxfit Glasgow gymnasium.”

It concludes: “The proposed use is supported by [planning] policy and the proposals will provide new residential capacity within a currently underutilised building in the city centre.

“The proposals have been carefully considered so as not to affect the external character or appearance of an existing listed building.

The application is pending consideration by Glasgow City Council.

It is the latest in a series of proposals to change the use of upper floors in historic city centre buildings.

Serviced apartments have been approved for premises in Douglas Street and at the former Teacher building in St Enoch Square. A decision is awaited from planners over a bid to have flats in a neighbouring building in St Enoch Square.

An application has been made to form nearly 100 serviced apartments at a building in West Regent Street.

A backpackers’ hostel is proposed for Virginia House in the Merchant City.

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