Sauchiehall Street student accommodation plans presented

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Plans for the redevelopment of the former Marks & Spencer store on Sauchiehall Street have been presented for consultation.

The developers have announced that a public consultation event will take place this week on their proposals for student accommodation, and potentially other residential accommodation, for around 500 residents with alternative businesses reinstated on the ground floor.

The plans come amid a widespread shortage of student accommodation in the city, with recent reports that some students are being asked to postpone their studies due to a lack of suitable accommodation.

An overview of the city’s purpose-built student accommodation market revealed that the city only has purpose-built accommodation for 27% of the approximately 70,000 students studying in Glasgow, forcing some students to continue living at home or to turn to the very competitive private sector. leased area.

The in-person event is part of a 12-week consultation period on the proposals, with a Proposed Notice of Nomination (PoAN) having been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

Members of the public are free to attend the consultation at the city’s CitizenM Hotel on Wednesday, November 2, giving them the opportunity to view the proposals in more detail and leave comments to shape the plans.

Mixed-use proposals would see retail brought back to the ground floor to help improve the street-level environment in Sauchiehall Street, while the recreation of the former Wellington Arcade will provide a publicly accessible connection between Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street.

The development is proposed by residential and student accommodation developer and operator Fusion Students.

Ben Henry, Acquisitions Manager at Fusion Students, said: “There is clearly a student accommodation crisis in Glasgow at the moment with only 27% of the city’s student population able to access student accommodation built in this effect and these proposals would help solve this problem. miss to win.

“Our proposals would help fill this substantial shortfall by providing quality accommodation for the city’s growing student population, within walking distance of Glasgow School of Art and Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian Universities.

“Sauchiehall Street is synonymous with Glasgow and these proposals have been designed to provide a range of active uses that will contribute to the long-term vibrancy of one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

“We look forward to meeting those interested in our ambitious plans for this iconic Glasgow site at our next consultation event.

“We are committed to listening and engaging with members of the public as we move towards submitting an official planning application. I urge anyone interested in the proposals to attend our in-person event on Wednesday, November 2. Members of our project team will be on hand to discuss the proposals with the local community and to answer any questions they may have.

“We look forward to continuing to engage with the public and to hear feedback on our proposals, which will help shape our future plans.”

More information can be found on the website dedicated to the project. The consultation event at the CitizenM Hotel is held between 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

It is expected that a planning application will be submitted to Glasgow City Council in early 2023.

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