Former M&S unit to be developed into 'ambitious' student accommodation 

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

Former M&S unit on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow to be developed into student accommodation Supplied

Plans to turn a former Marks and Spencer’s store in Glasgow into student accommodation have been revealed.

Under the proposals, the upper levels of the Sauchiehall Street site would be developed into a large unit which would include student and potentially other residential accommodation for “around 500” residents.

The unit would also allow for new retailers to take on the empty premises at street level as well as providing accessible connection between Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew street.

The project has been brought forward by Fusion Students which works to delivered “unique” student experiences in a “vibrant” environment.

A total of 17 representations were received, consisting of 12 objections, 1 neutral comment and 4
letters of support.

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. 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 & 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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