Plans for build to rent project
£100m plan to turn police HQ into housing scheme
New community: the site would become one of Scotland’s largest housing projects
The former Strathclyde Police headquarters in Glasgow will be transformed into a £100 million housing scheme under plans submitted by build-to-rent specialist Moda.
The company wants to redevelop the Pitt Street complex into a new community built around rental homes and co-working space for start-ups.
It will also house health and wellbeing facilities, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Holland Park – named after the hotel-style lobby entrance on Holland Street and the scheme’s 31,000 sq. ft. of outdoor amenity space – will offer 433 homes for rent.
With a range of studios to three-beds, the development will host a community of close to 900 people once completed, making it one of Scotland’s largest housing projects.
Designed by Glasgow architects Haus Collective, four blocks will be arranged around a square, with a central courtyard open to the public during the day.
A total of 15,000 sq. ft. of internal amenity space will be provided, such as residents’ lounges and health and wellness zones, while three landscaped rooftop terraces will also provide views of the city’s skyline.
Moda said it will also offer tenancies of three to five years as it wants to transform renting from being a stopgap to home ownership into an aspirational lifestyle choice.
Tony Brooks, managing director at Moda, said: “By being both the developer and the landlord, we can ensure the residents of Holland Park have the best possible experience, having designed the scheme from the ground up for rent.
“High quality rental accommodation like this that taps into new technologies and lifestyles will help rejuvenate city centres and perhaps more importantly for university towns like Glasgow, attract and retain talent.”
Murray Henderson, director at HAUS Collective, added: “The Holland Park proposals comprise a collection of forms that respond to the strong urban ‘grid-iron’ plan synonymous with Glasgow.
“The scale of the site and its influential location within the city present a unique opportunity to deliver a high quality residential and mixed-use development that can contribute meaningfully to the locale by enhancing the townscape and local environment.
“As Glaswegians, we recognise the importance of an increased resident population within an evolving city centre contributing to the wider city economy.”