Fusion Students submit plans for Sauchiehall Street PBSA

Final plans have been submitted for a new Fusion Students purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Glasgow city, which will replace a former Marks & Spencer store.

Concept image of Fusion Student's Sauchiehall Street PBSA development in Glasgow city | PBSA News
Concept image of Fusion Student's Sauchiehall Street PBSA development in Glasgow city.

Developer Fusion Students have lodged proposals with Glasgow City Council for a £76m PBSA development in Glasgow city centre.

The final plans were submitted to redevelop the former Marks & Spencer store in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street to provide student accommodation for 634 student residents and revitalise the local area.

In addition to helping to address the city’s shortage of student accommodation, the proposals include the provision of new commercial units to maintain activity on Sauchiehall Street. 

“We are delighted to have submitted our application to redevelop this historic site in Glasgow’s city centre, which we believe will leave a lasting positive impact for the city. The submission marks a significant milestone following extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders over the last year which has helped to shape our final plans.

“Our proposals combine exceptional quality accommodation, inviting public realm spaces and carefully thought-out commercial units, all aimed at revitalising and enhancing this part of Sauchiehall Street.

“At its core, the plans will help to address the pressing shortfall of student accommodation, creating a vibrant and inclusive community that will truly enhance the student living experience in Glasgow.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those who have engaged with us throughout the consultation process and provided us with their valuable feedback.”

A spokesperson for Fusion Students

An arcade is also proposed as part of the plans, complete with commercial units that would reinstate a historic link between Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street.

Assisting the historical restoration, design proposals submitted for the scheme outline that the 1930s art deco façade will be preserved and reinstated to its former glory, retaining a piece of Glasgow’s interwar architecture.

“We are pleased to have submitted our design proposals for Glasgow’s historic Sauchiehall Street, which have been developed through extensive collaborative and engagement with the local community and key stakeholders.

“The scheme retains the 1930’s Art Deco facade of the former Marks and Spencer store and reinstates its original design whilst also bringing back the historic Wellington Arcade, which provides a new public connection through the site linking Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street, helping to contribute to the long-term vitality of both streets.”

Matt Brook, Founder, Matt Brook Architects

The planning application submission by Fusion Students follows three public consultation events held between November last year and March.

The consultation events allowed students and residents to learn more about the proposed plans and provide them with the opportunity to ask questions to the project team.

Last year, Fusion Students also launched their first London-based Brent Cross Town PBSA scheme in partnership with Related Argent and Barnet Council.