Plans for former ABC building on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow revealed

Developed under the Vita Group’s new brand, House of Social, the ground floor of the building could include a “vibrant food hall” which would allow Glasgow’s concept restaurants to introduce their brand to the city centre.

Above this there will be provision for student accommodation.

The Herald: Pictured: Student accommodation has been proposed for the old ABC buildingPictured: Student accommodation has been proposed for the former ABC building (Image: Vita Group)

James Rooke, head of planning at Vita Group, said: “The lack of student accommodation in Glasgow is well documented and continues to impact Glasgow’s rental market, reducing available accommodation across the city.

“With this proposal, we aim to reduce this lack of available housing with accommodations specifically designed to meet the needs of second and third year students who tend to find their way into the residential rental landscape.”

The first public consultation will take place on Tuesday February 13 at the Renfield Training Centre, 260 Bath Street, between 3pm and 7pm.

The first plans will also be available online from February 13 on the consultation website. here.

Mr Rooke continued: “As we begin to formulate our ideas for this important landmark and engage stakeholders, we want to gauge opinion and gain support from the community.

“Our aim is to regenerate this landmark site, presenting exciting plans for a dynamic ground floor dining destination that celebrates the community, creates a building that interposes with adjacent buildings and importantly complements the defined setting for the Golden Z.”

The Herald: Pictured: Ground floor of building could be used for dynamic dining destination

Pictured: The ground floor of the building could be used for a vibrant dining destination (Image: Vita Group)

The former ABC site is between Sauchiehall Street and the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building.

As such, the design proposals include an urban park providing “space for all whilst respecting world-renowned Mackintosh architecture”.

The Vita Group has previously invested in Glasgow with an existing residence, Vita Student West End and a second proposal for a site on India Street which includes affordable housing and student accommodation currently in planning.

Stuart Patrick, chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Sauchiehall Street has been identified as one of the biggest challenges we face, and the ABC is just one of many current blights on this vital artery which highlight the scale of this challenge.

“That’s why the Council’s Golden Z report has identified this area as deserving top priority for regeneration and renewal. We therefore welcome Vita’s projects with open arms.

“Their record speaks for itself, and we see this as a major step in the city’s regeneration process. »

The ABC was previously one of the city’s busiest and most renowned music venues, before being devastated by the Glasgow Art School fire on June 15, 2018.

The historic former cinema-turned-nightclub has been left abandoned since the fire spread across its roof, devastating the B-listed structure and the adjoining Jumping Jacks pub.

In the past, the Sauchiehall Street building also housed various cinemas under different owners, as well as an ice rink and the Hengler Circus between 1904 and 1927.

It was first built in 1875 and has been renovated several times over the decades, most notably in the 1920s.

Learn about the long and amazing history of the ABC Building, here.

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