Plans to knock down old Sauchiehall Street nightclub for flats given go ahead

A former city centre nightclub is to be demolished to make way for about 70 flats after proposals were given the green light by the council’s planning department.

The B-listed building on Sauchiehall Street was previously the home of Club 520 before it closed its doors around a decade ago.

Now new privately rented studio apartments are to be housed in two buildings - one rising to eight storeys fronting onto Sauchiehall Street and the other six storeys facing Renfrew Street.

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The façade of the listed building will also be incorporated into the new design and a commercial unit will face Sauchiehall Street.

During Tuesday’s planning committee councillor Eva Bollandar said: “I know this will be controversial within the local community and we have received objections to it not just from the community but from councillors as well.

“I think this is the best that can be done with that building because it has been neglected for such a long time and I think that is more a problem for the city to discuss in other committee than planning.

“The loss of old buildings is not very good for the city.

“In this case I have my concerns especially with the facade walls to the east and the west that are big concrete blocks and it will be seen as that.

“But on the whole getting mainstream residents in the city is something that I am really working hard for getting more of.

“I think it is important that we increase the population in the city centre so I would be happy to support the approval of this.”

Members agreed that while it was sad to lose another historical building in Glasgow City Centre they were happy to see the facade retained.

Councillor Imran Alam said: “I am happy to see the retention of the facade as that is an important element of this development.

“I think we have to decide if we try and save as many of the buildings at risk as possible which have increased unfortunately in the city centre, in any way that we can.

“In some cases that hasn’t been possible due to neglect and wear and tear over many years.

“I am not saying we neglect their heritage or historical value of some of the buildings, we should try maintain, save and preserve them as much as possible, but in this case I don’t know if it wasn’t possible but the facade retention is something that they have considered and tried to preserve.

“All in all I think it is a good development and we need more housing.”

Plans were unanimously agreed by councillors subject to conditions.

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