A PROJECT to transform a Scottish building into new office space has moved forward.

The £100 million plans by Osborne+Co will see the old City of Glasgow College building, known as the Met Tower, repurposed.

The global property and investment firm acquired the site in January 2019, proposing an extensive refurbishment to create office space at the 60 Hanover Street site, as well as serviced apartments on Cathedral Street.

The Met Tower will be turned into 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation over 14 floors, helping to address Glasgow’s critical shortage of available high-quality space. It is proposed that the existing glazing will be replaced on a like-for-like basis and the existing internal structure of the category B listed building will exposed to allow the original design to be revealed.

Additionally, proposals include the creation of unique double height office space on the rooftop which would include a fully glazed gable, its own terrace and a viewing gallery overlooking George Square and the wider city.

To the north of the tower, Osborne+Co is aiming to demolish an existing “podium” building facing Cathedral Street to make way for a 260-bed hotel across 11 floors which would connect to the Met Tower via a landscaped plaza, also accessible to the public. A market hall and leisure space is also planned for below the plaza, which would link to the reception level of the tower and entrances on both North Hanover Street and North Frederick Street.

Will Hean, development director at Osborne+Co, said: “We recognise Met Tower’s significance to both the city’s character and people, so collaborating with Glasgow City Council to arrive at our final proposal has been crucial to ensure we deliver a development that addresses a requirement for the city and the people who make it.

“Undoubtedly, the city’s economy will face challenges over the coming weeks and months, but we are determined to underline our commitment to the city by progressing with the application and using the time we have now to ensure we are in a position to move forward when circumstances allow. It’s important that we continue our positive relationship with Glasgow City Council.”