Ambitious plans have been announced for the redevelopment of the former Marks and Spencer store on Sauchiehall Street.

The proposals would see the creation of a large unit for a new retailer to maintain activity at street level as well as recreating the former arcade and providing a publicly accessible connection between Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street.

The upper levels of the former M&S building would have student and potentially other residential accommodation for around 500 residents, complemented by a spacious rooftop terrace and garden.

The development is being brought forward by Fusion Students, one of the UK’s leading residential and student housing developers and operators.

Offering high quality student accommodation and first-class amenities, the group, which was founded in 2013, delivers a unique student experience in a healthy, social and vibrant environment.

A spokesperson for Fusion Students said:

“We are excited to be unveiling our proposals for this prominent location on Sauchiehall Street at the former Marks & Spencer site.  Glasgow is a first-class university city with several world-renowned educational institutions which attract students from across the globe.  The delivery of high-quality accommodation for a growing student population is required to enable to city to maintain its position as an educational powerhouse on the global stage.

“Our studies have shown that there is a significant undersupply 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 into privately rented accommodation, creating pressure on the local housing market.

“By bringing first-class purpose-built accommodation to the city, coupled with carefully thought-out public realm spaces and new retail units, we believe our proposals will enhance this historic street in the heart of Glasgow City Centre.”

A spokesperson for Marks & Spencer added:

“We are delighted that that these plans are being brought forward to redevelop the site and ensure a positive future for this part of Sauchiehall Street.

“Over the last few months, we have been focussed on making sure this site can find a complementary alternative use, so we’re really pleased that these redevelopment plans are driven by strong design and sustainability credentials and that they are closely in line with the City and Council’s vision for the local area.”

To date, Fusion Students have completed nine sites across cities in the UK – including Cardiff, Swansea, and Sheffield – constructing over 4,500 beds for the country’s student population. Existing developments have quality communal spaces, including an indoor-gym, wellness room and cinema. 


Notes to Editors

It is anticipated that a Proposal of Application Notice will be submitted to Glasgow City Council in September 2022 with a full statutory consultation schedule announced thereafter.

More information on Fusion Students can be found at https://www.fusionstudents.co.uk/ and https://fusion-group.co.uk/fusion-students/.

For further information please contact Dario Ewing on 0141 264 2831 or by email at dario.ewing@libertyone.co.uk

Fusion Students

Founded in 2013, Fusion Students acquires, develops, and operates quality student housing across major UK University cities.

Offering a unique ‘student hotel life’, Fusion Students create high end, design-led residences in healthy, social, and vibrant environments.

By providing a platform for residents to enjoy every moment in the company of new friends and like-minded fellow students, Fusion hosts safe, flourishing and thriving communities, while addressing the shortage of purpose-built student accommodation in UK University cities.

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