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Scotsman Group’s plans for High School of Glasgow site

The Scotsman Group, the Glasgow-based hospitality and leisure operator, has submitted plans to convert the historic campus of the former High School of Glasgow into a luxurious hotel.

The proposed development on Elmbank Street and Holland Street includes a 142-room hotel, 21 serviced apartments, function rooms, a bar in one of the gatehouses, and a new building featuring a pool, spa, and gym facility. Glazed links will be introduced to connect key buildings on the site, which currently comprises seven existing structures.

The Elmbank Street site is one of the last remaining Grade A-listed buildings of its size in Glasgow city centre, and acclaimed designer Jim Hamilton, in collaboration with architects Convery Prenty Shields, has been appointed to reimagine the building.

Originally built in 1846, the buildings were previously used as offices by Strathclyde Regional Council and later by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police until 2013.

The complex is centred around a large courtyard, surrounded by a combination of traditional stone walls and ornate metal gates and railings. Vehicular access is provided through Holland Street, while pedestrians can enter from Elmbank Street and Holland Street.

The site, known as “The Old High School Complex,” was put up for development in 2019 and The Scotsman Group secured the opportunity in an agreement with City Property (Glasgow) Investment LLP. The Scotsman Group aims to create a 5-star luxury hotel and associated facilities, revitalising the existing building stock while ensuring a sustainable and flexible future.

The proposed development will require significant investment to restore the deteriorating architectural gem and preserve its historical significance. The project is expected to generate 176 permanent jobs and employment opportunities.

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