Glasgow’s Met Tower £100m refurb gets green light

Aaron Morby 3 weeks ago
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Plans to transform Glasgow’s Met Tower into an 11-storey hotel and offices scheme are set to become a reality.

Architect Cooper Cromer designed the scheme
Architect Cooper Cromer designed the scheme

Glasgow city council has granted developer Osborne & Co full planning to convert the former City of Glasgow College on North Hanover Street.

Osborne & Co plans to demolish an existing ‘podium’ building facing Cathedral Street to build a new 260-bed hotel next to the Met Tower which will be completely overhauled for office use.

Will Hean, Development Director at Osborne+Co, said: “Achieving planning consent comes at a critical time in the real estate market which continues to be challenged because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite this, we are committed to investing significantly in Glasgow as we recognise the strength and diversity of the Glasgow economy. Glasgow’s tech sector in particular will be significant as the economy works its way back to strength.”

Hotel looking east along Cathedral Street

The existing glazing and distinctive travertine covered gables on the Met Tower will be replaced on a like-for-like basis and the existing internal structure of the category B-listed building will be opened up to provide efficient floorplates.

Additionally, a unique double-height office space on the rooftop will include a fully glazed gable, its own terrace and a viewing gallery overlooking George Square and the wider city and is expected to attract a high-calibre of potential tenants.

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