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Plans unveiled for Glasgow’s former Bhs

Bath st 2Plans have been submitted for a £75 million redevelopment which will transform the former Bhs department store in Glasgow city centre.

The development at the junction of Sauchiehall Street, Renfield Street and Bath Street is for 130,000 sq ft of high-spec Grade A office space and the remodelling and refurbishment of the building previously occupied by the retail chain which went bust this year.

The offices above retail space and the improvement of a third neighbouring building will provide a total area of 240,000 sq ft including retail, Grade A and design-style offices.

Sauchiehall Street, historically one of Glasgow’s prime shopping destination, will have an industrial aesthetic. The building’s new offices will feature design-led interiors to complement the new contemporary exterior.

Last year property investor Formal Investments acquired the buildings, which are also home to Mountain Warehouse. Those units, in a separate building on Sauchiehall Street, will continue to provide retail locations.

The new building on Bath Street will create business offices for approximately 1,750 workers. The 80,000 sq ft of offices above Bhs are aimed at creative businesses seeking units of 500 sq ft and upwards.

Formal Investments director Nicholas King said: “This proposal shows a really exciting vision for an important site in Glasgow city centre.”

The architectural design is by Glasgow practice Stallan-Brand, whose associate Patrick Wilson said: “Formal Investments’ proposed redevelopment presents a unique opportunity to revitalise and transform the quality of the urban environment and public realm in this location, through the creation of new public spaces and improved and more appropriate mixed use activity.”

Shahid Ali, associate director of planning and development at the Glasgow office of property consultants JLL, said: “This proposed development will bring much needed additional office space to Glasgow whilst strengthening its retail presence, and play an important role in the regeneration of Sauchiehall Street.”

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