New lease of life for former college building

City of Glasgow College’s former building on North Hanover Street is set for renovation under proposed new development plans.

The B-listed building has been acquired by Osborne + Co and joint venture partners Scotsbridge Holdings who intend to refurbish it as Grade A office space together with serviced flats on the Cathedral Street side.

The iconic Glasgow landmark features a giant People Make Glasgow brand poster and was opened as the College of Building in 1964.

Fares Samara, Vice Principal of Infrastructure at City of Glasgow College, said:

“We look forward to seeing the sympathetic restoration bringing a new lease of life to the building and the improvements the change will bring for both the local community and those visiting our city."

Designed by Glasgow firm Wylie, Shanks & Partners the building was awarded B-listed status in 2002, together with the Charles Oakley building on Cathedral Street. Their unusual bulbous, porthole-pierced roofs were inspired by Le Corbusier's Unitè d’Habitation at Marseille and were originally used as gyms.

Development Director for Osborne + Co, Will Hean, said:

"We are very excited by this opportunity and look forward to refurbishing such an iconic building within central Glasgow and continuing Osborne’s investment into the city.

“This acquisition will allow us to capitalise on Glasgow’s current supply demand imbalance, with the market currently characterised by a dearth of flexible Grade A office space and significant pent-up occupier demand.

“We will work with the council, Historic Environment Scotland and the wider city community to deliver a refurbishment that the city will be proud of and which will attract major inward investment.” 

A proposal of application notice has been submitted to Glasgow City Council.

Savills represented Osborne+Co while Ryden acted for City of Glasgow College, which was also supported by The Scottish Futures Trust.