By Ian McConnell

A PLANNING and listed building application has been lodged for a major redevelopment of the landmark former College of Building and Printing tower, which was covered with a huge ‘People Make Glasgow’ graphics wrap for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Property developer Osborne+Co, which announced its acquisition of City of Glasgow College’s former buildings at 60 North Hanover Street in January 2019, yesterday unveiled its plans to create office space and a hotel. It said, as it announced it had submitted the plans to Glasgow City Council, that, on completion, this “would represent a £100 million investment from Osborne + Co”.

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Osborne plans to refurbish the landmark “Met Tower” to create 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation over 14 floors. It cited “Glasgow’s critical shortage of available high-quality space”. The developer proposes to replace existing glazing on a like-for-like basis, with the internal structure of the B-listed building exposed to reveal the original design. It plans to create double-height rooftop office space, with a glazed gable and viewing gallery.

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The developer plans to demolish an existing “podium”’ building, north of the tower facing Cathedral Street, to make way for a 260-bedroom hotel across 11 floors, which would connect to the Met Tower via a landscaped plaza accessible to the public.