Façade of former M&S building to be retained, promises development plans

A PROMISE to retain the 1930’s Art Deco façade of a former Marks & Spencer building on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street has been made in an announcement that planning permission has been submitted to turn the building into student accommodation.

Says a media release on behalf of the developers: “Fusion Students, one of the UK’s leading student housing developers, have lodged £76m proposals with Glasgow City Council for the prominent site in Glasgow city centre.” Envisaged is accommodation for 634 residents, plus an arcade, “complete with commercial units to create a new and vibrant environment that would reinstate a historic link between Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street”.

Regarding the façade, the release adds: “Design proposals submitted with the application outline that the 1930s Art Deco façade will be preserved and reinstated to its former glory, retaining a piece of Glasgow’s inter-war architecture.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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