Council set to approve demolition of Sauchiehall Street M&S building

The proposals would see the upper levels developed into student and potentially other residential accommodation.

Council set to approve demolition of Sauchiehall Street M&S building iStock

The city council is set to approve the demolition of Glasgow’s former flagship Marks and Spencer’s store.

Under the proposals, the 1930s M&S facade would be retained with a new 57m tall development comprising of student and other residential accommodation for “around 500” people.

There would be new retail units created at street level as well as providing an accessible connection between Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew street.

The proposals has been brought forward by developer Fusion Students and the demolition plans will be decided at a council meeting on Tuesday.

A total of 17 representations were received on the planning application, consisting of 12 objections, one neutral comment and four letters of support.

The proposal for the former M&S site.

The objections covered a number of concerns from local representatives including the “excessive” scale and height of the building as well as the impact the construction could have on the surrounding Central Conservation Area.

Those in support of the plans stated that the development will bring “economic benefit” to the area and increase footfall.

A spokesperson for Fusion Students said the company was “excited” to unveil the proposals for the Sauchiehall Street site.

“Glasgow is a first-class university city with several world-renowned educational institutions which attract students from across the globe,” they said.

“The delivery of high-quality accommodation for a growing student population is required to enable to city to maintain it’s position as an educational powerhouse on the global stage.

“Our studies have shown that there is a significant undersupply of purpose-built student accommodation in the city, with 73% of the city’s growing student population unable to access this valuable type of accommodation.

“This shortage often leads students into privately rented accommodation, creating pressure on the local housing market.

“By bringing first-class purpose-built accommodation to the city, coupled with carefully thought-out public realm spaces and new retail units, we believe our proposals will enhance this historic street in the heart of Glasgow city centre.”

A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer added: “We are delighted that that these plans are being brought forward to redevelop the site and ensure a positive future for this part of Sauchiehall Street.

“Over the last few months, we have been focussed on making sure this site can find a complementary alternative use, so we’re really pleased that these redevelopment plans are driven by strong design and sustainability credentials and that they are closely in line with the city and council’s vision for the local area.”

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