Project in focus: Met Tower Hotel, Glasgow

Osborne+Co’s development of the 260-room Met Tower Hotel forms part of a Cooper Cromar-designed scheme involving the transformation of a Glaswegian landmark.

Osborne+Co’s development of the 260-room Met Tower Hotel forms part of a Cooper Cromar-designed scheme involving the transformation of a Glaswegian landmark.

Expected to reach completion in Q1 2023, this striking project will create a new hotel and office space in the middle of Scotland’s largest city. We find out what to expect.

A dynamic hub within central Glasgow

Earlier this month, global property and development firm Osborne+Co secured planning permission from Glasgow City Council for its proposals, which envisage overhauling the former City of Glasgow College block on North Hanover Street.

The mixed-use scheme, designed by Cooper Cromar, represents a £100 million investment from Osborne+Co. As well as transforming the college building known as Met Tower to create 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, the development will see the demolition of the neighbouring podium building facing Cathedral Street to make way for a new 260-room, 11-storey hotel.

Met Tower Hotel will connect to the Met Tower via a landscaped plaza, which will also be accessible to the public. A double-height auditorium space will then be built below the plaza, potentially to house a market hall, co-working space, adaptable meeting rooms or theatre-style conferencing facilities.

Bespoke internal and external features will reflect the site’s unique character and the tower’s double-height office space on the rooftop will come with its own terrace and viewing gallery overlooking George Square and beyond.

Helping to shape the city’s future

Owing to its prime location, the developer is confident that this space will capture the attention of tech firms along with other sectors of the market.

By transforming this landmark, widely considered intrinsic to Glasgow’s identity, Osborne+Co aims to create a dynamic indoor and outdoor space that will capitalise on its central location and aid the city’s economic recovery following the pandemic. Ultimately, the developer hopes to provide a vibrant destination for both locals and visitors to Glasgow.

“It is a bonus that the Met Tower office and hotel development sits within the University of Strathclyde’s Glasgow City Innovation District and as such is the kind of project that will help shape Glasgow’s growing role in the industries of the future,” said Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive. “This provision in the design of a new public space for the heart of the city is also applauded.”

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