FORMER tax offices could be razed to create a sky-scraping 30-storey development under new plans for Scotland's biggest city.

Brutalist-style Portcullis House was built in the early 1970s for the old Glasgow Corporation and later became home to HM Revenue and Customs.

The block was put up for sale in May and it's understood that the current council failed in its bid to buy the building, which was snapped up by developers who now want to demolish it and create a new multi-storey residential scheme on the motorway-side site.

If successful, the Charing Cross project will create the city centre's tallest building.

Plans were unveiled by developer Watkin Jones Group today, two months after it completed the purchase of Portcuillis House from the Mapeley Investment Group.

As many as 825 units could be built there by 2024 in the build-to-rent move, which will include co-living housing.

Watkins Jones Group said: "There is extremely strong demand for this type of accommodation in Glasgow, providing high-quality rental accommodation in a highly sustainable location at the city’s west end, with easy access to transport links, amenities and places of work, and delivering much needed homes."

A formal notice has been submitted to the local council and a full planning application will go before the authority.

The proposals also include amenity and ancillary facilities, with potential retail, café and co-working spaces to come.