Public can view updated proposals for Glasgow PBSA

Public given chance to view updated proposals for the redevelopment of the former Archaos nightclub site in Glasgow.

Aerial view of the former Archaos nightclub site in Glasgow. CA Ventures proposes to build a student accommodation scheme on the site | PBSA News
Aerial view of the former Archaos nightclub site in Glasgow. CA Ventures proposes to build a student accommodation scheme on the site.

The public have the opportunity to view updated proposals for the redevelopment of the former Archaos nightclub site on Queen Street, Glasgow. Real estate investor CA Ventures has revealed a scheme to deliver purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) on the site. This will provide active ground floor uses, which may include retail or commercial uses. 

Following an economic viability study and due to the constraints on the site itself, student accommodation is seen as the viable route for redevelopment and will aim to accommodate approximately 230 students with fully serviced apartments and amenity facilities.

This second consultation event will be held today (1 December 2022) from 2pm to 6pm at the former Bowery Bar on Queen Street, which neighbours the nightclub. The public will have the chance to view proposals and provide feedback at this event, which follows the first consultation event on 2 November. Feedback from this and through other meetings has been used to shape these updated proposals where possible.

The proposed development could generate around 250 construction jobs, including direct on-site jobs and jobs in the construction supply chain. This could be worth over £10m to the Glasgow economy during the construction phase.

The Archaos nightclub closed in 2007 and has been vacant since. Previous proposals to open the building as a nightclub and later as an office scheme floundered based on the costs required to refurbish the building.

Redevelopment of the site is intended to act as a catalyst for regeneration in this part of the city centre. The site is within walking distance of Strathclyde University, Caledonian University, and the City of Glasgow College.

It is hoped a planning application will be submitted towards the end of the year. If planning permissions is approved, the intention is for work to start on site in 2023. The targeted entry date will serve the beginning of the academic year in August 2025.

CA Ventures aims to deliver sustainable buildings. Renewable and energy-saving technologies will be installed to minimise the carbon footprint created both during construction and occupation. 

“We are delighted to meet with the community in our second engagement event. Very helpful and constructive feedback has been received through the first event and our website, and we have aimed to incorporate this into the proposals where possible. 

“These exciting proposals represent a significant investment in Glasgow and will serve to regenerate a currently derelict site. It will serve to provide much-needed student accommodation in a building that has lain empty since 2007 and which, due to its condition, provides limited options for redevelopment. 

“During a well-documented shortage of PBSA, potential students have no choice but to explore rental properties, which adds to the already significant strain on housing stock.

“We envisage this site as a perfect opportunity to add to the vibrant community of students currently living in central Glasgow and benefitting local shops.”

A CA Ventures Representative