New lease of life for college buildings

Future plans for two of City of Glasgow College’s former buildings have been unveiled.

If approved by Glasgow City Council planners, North Hanover Street, the former College of Building and Printing, will become the Glasgow Metropolitan Hotel with 640 bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, retail space, and conference and meeting area. It will cater for both tourist and business markets.
The Charles Oakley Building on Cathedral Street is to be converted into high quality serviced student accommodation and, together with a new building to the rear, set in adjacent City of Glasgow College parkland, will provide 400 bedrooms with state of the art facilities in shared apartments. 

Both buildings are being renovated following the opening of City of Glasgow College’s award winning twin site super campus.

Janis Carson, Depute Principal and Project Sponsor at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We are aware of the plans for our former college buildings which are distinct landmarks and key sites in the city. We look forward to seeing them being sympathetically developed and becoming busy and vital hubs once more.”

The £100m scheme is being developed and operated by the Study Inn Group, a privately-owned company based in the midlands. Director, Kieran Leahy said:

"We are delighted that our first Scottish project is in Glasgow and gives us the opportunity to work with these two fantastic landmark properties. Tourism, commerce and education are vital elements of the city’s economy and these plans will make a positive contribution to those sectors.”

A planning application is expected to be made later this year. If approved, the developed sites will open in phases up to 2019.

The College of Building was opened on North Hanover Street in 1964. It also housed the College of Printing and was one of the first commercial high-rise structures in Glasgow. Charles Oakley opened on Cathedral Street in 1963 as the Central College of Commerce and Distribution. 

Both buildings were awarded B-listed status by Historic Scotland in 2002. Their unusual porthole-pierced roofs were inspired by Le Corbusier's Unitè d’Habitation in Marseille and were originally used as gyms.