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Plans for the former Marks & Spencer store on Sauchiehall Street have been revealed.
The retail giant, which closed its store on the street earlier this year, has announced its proposal to convert the historic building into student flats.
The plan includes spaces for retail on the ground floor with the conversion of the upper floors into apartments for 500 people.
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The store will be for a new retailer, not M&S.
There would also be a connection from the street to Renfrew Street.
Marks and Spencer said it would look for alternative uses when it closed the store after 87 years so it wouldn’t remain empty.
The plans are being submitted by Fusion Students, a developer and operator of residential and student flats.
It will also include a roof garden and terrace.
Fusion said there is a shortage of student accommodation in Glasgow and the Sauchiehall Street development will help address this.
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A spokesperson for Fusion Students said: “We are delighted to present our proposals for this prominent location on Sauchiehall Street in the former Marks & Spencer site.
“Glasgow is a first-class university city with several world-renowned educational institutions that attract students from all over the world.
“Delivering high quality accommodation for the growing student population is essential for the city to maintain its position as an educational powerhouse on the global stage.
“Our studies have shown that there is a significant shortage of purpose-built student accommodation in the city, with 73% of the city’s growing student population unable to access this valuable type of accommodation.
“This shortage often leads students to rent privately, putting pressure on the local housing market.
“We believe our proposals will bring first-class purpose-built accommodation to the city, coupled with carefully thought-out public spaces and new commercial units, to this historic street in the heart of Glasgow city centre.”
A spokesman for Marks & Spencer said: “We are delighted that these plans have been carried out to redevelop the site and ensure a positive future for this part of Sauchiehall Street.
“Over the last few months we have been focused on ensuring that the site finds complementary alternative uses, so we are really pleased that these redevelopment plans are based on strong design and sustainability and are closely aligned with the city and council’s vision for local area.’