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Sister dailies’ former city centre home faces demolition

The former home of three sister dailies could be demolished to make way for flats,

Plans have been unveiled for a major student accommodation and co-living development at 200 Renfield Street, formerly home to The Herald, The National and Glasgow Times.

According to Scottish Housing News, property developer MRP has shared a first glimpse of its plans to develop the site following its purchase of the office building in 2021.

MRP wants to replace the building with multi-storey blocks complete with collonaded walkways combining retail, commercial and hospitality uses and an Arts Square for pop-up markets, cinema screenings and events.

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In a statement on the consultation website, architects at Ryder said: “200 Renfield Street sits at a transition point in the urban pattern of Glasgow, where the gridded block pattern of the Victorian city centre changes to the modernist planning of the Townhead and Cowcaddens area, with Cowcaddens Road acting as a divide between the two.

“The site has fantastic potential to act as a gateway between the town centre to the south, and the revitalised Port Dundas and Townhead neighbourhoods to the north, as part of the wider Glasgow City Council policy to increase the urban population of the city centre over the next 20 years.

“The scale of the immediate surroundings of 200 Renfield Street has evolved since the existing building was completed. The Cineworld complex, Tesco Bank, Maldron and Citizen M Hotels provide a context of significantly greater scale that new proposals must address.”

Newsquest left the offices after negotiations for an extension of their lease broke down.