Plans under way to transform landmark Glasgow building

If approved the refurbishment is scheduled for completion by next autumn. Picture: Bywater Properties/PA.
If approved the refurbishment is scheduled for completion by next autumn. Picture: Bywater Properties/PA.
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Plans are under way to transform a “neglected” block in the heart of Glasgow city centre into a business and retail hub.

Bywater Properties, new owners of the McLellan Works building on Sauchiehall Street, have submitted an application to the council for the proposed refurbishment.

Developers say the site will be home to small and medium-sized businesses and incorporate retail and food outlets, with a completion date of next autumn.

They believe it will complement a £7 million programme to enhance Sauchiehall Street with the creation of wider pavements, a two-way cycle lane and improved lighting and seating areas.

McLellan Works will continue to serve as the entrance for the McLellan Galleries, which stands immediately behind the building and is currently occupied by Glasgow School of Art.

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The McLellan Galleries were built in the 1850s to house the art collection of local coach builder and councillor Archibald McLellan.

In recent years the building around the galleries operated as Breckenridge House, incorporating a mix of commercial tenants and retail units.

Theo Michell of Bywater Properties said: “This is a beautiful but currently neglected building at the heart of one of Glasgow’s most popular and loved streets.

“We’re very proud of our plans to breathe new life into a landmark building in such a fantastic location.”

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