George Street Complex, Glasgow

In May 2015 Chris Stewart Group was named by Glasgow City Council as Preferred Developer for the complex of buildings located between Martha, John, North Frederick and George Streets, directly off George Square in the heart of Glasgow. Previously home to a number of City Council departments, the George Street Complex is made up of a collection of disparate and contrasting buildings – the category B listed corner building at 280 George Street, the A listed Parish Halls at 266 George Street, the 1940s John Street building and assorted small storage buildings on Martha Street. The buildings each enjoy their own distinct characteristics – a grand staircase, stained glass windows, decorative plaster ceilings and glazed brick – all of which CSG will be preserving for future use. CSG’s proposals allow for a mix of complementary uses that will enable retention and refurbishment of the listed buildings, which add richness and give character to the site, with new build elements that will repair and reinstate the urban block.

In addition to the refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing buildings, and the construction of new elements, CSG proposes to create a publicly accessible pedestrian lane that permeates through the centre of the site. This will help realise the full potential of the site and enable the use and retention of existing buildings. The intention is that ground and mezzanine levels on the lane will be filled with restaurants, cafes, studios and bars which will bring vibrancy and vitality to the whole city block and the wider city context.

Following a series of successful and positive public and statutory consultations, the design team have now submitted planning and listed building applications for the full site. GCC aim to the determine the application in early 2017, with construction following thereafter. The scheme consists of five star serviced apartments, a hotel, student residences, and a number of office, commercial and retail areas, in addition to the amenity spaces of the plaza and lane.