200 Renfield Street co-living plans emerge at former Glasgow newspaper office

MRP's 200 Renfield Street scheme includes a co-living building and new student accommodation, both supplying the city with essential housing.

The key moves of the emerging massing elements, highlighting the architectural language of a ground plinth which engages with the Arts Square, taller elements and the activated, green roofscape at 200 Renfield Street | MRP | McAleer & Rushe | BTR News
The key moves of the emerging massing elements, highlighting the architectural language of a ground plinth which engages with the Arts Square, taller elements and the activated, green roofscape at 200 Renfield Street.

Design and build construction company McAleer & Rushe alongside the subsidiary company of MRP and the Property Investment and Development division of McAleer and Rushe, MRP 200 Ren Limited, have released plans for a new co-living and PBSA development at 200 Renfield Street in Glasgow, designed by Ryder Achitecture.

With pre application discussions progressing with Glasgow City Council, a public consultation was recently held to garner the public’s views on the proposed mixed-use scheme at the site of the former newspaper office. It allowed McAleer & Rushe to showcase what the plans have to offer.

MRP 200 Ren Limited are currently establishing initial agreement with Glasgow City Council regarding the scale and mass of the proposal, before progressing into the detailed design for the co-living aspect of the scheme at 200 Renfield Street.

Situated within its own new and improved building on-site, co-living residents will have access to an inclusive environment with shared living, kitchen and dining spaces. Fully fitted bedrooms will include a double bed, en suite, storage, work and living space, and a kitchenette.

The rooms and amenity spaces will be generously spacious in line with the emerging Large Scale Co-Living policy spatial requirements. Amenities include concierge services, flexible workspace, gym, cycle storage, refuse collection, and bookable spaces for private functions and events – all covered within the monthly rent.

Sat within the city centre and within walking distance from Cowcaddens, 200 Renfield Street offers convenient access to Glasgow’s offerings. The location of the proposed development 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.

The scheme also aims to form part of the wider Glasgow City Council policy, to increase the urban population of the city centre over the next 20 years.

The proposals for 200 Renfield Street will allow the developer to improve the existing streetscape and public realm, with a new public space and Arts Square. The square would have the potential to accommodate pop up performance and exhibition events, with activated frontages around the proposal, taller elements, and an activated, green roofscape.

The Arts Square would become a vibrant place and a gateway for those passing through. It will act as a gathering place active throughout the day and evening, benefiting residents and pre theatre audiences alike.

It is intended that the mixed-use development will complete the regeneration of the urban site and will form the final phase of the redevelopment of the surrounding city.

The second public consultation event for 200 Renfield Street is scheduled for 24 July, with a planning application anticipated to be submitted in August 2024. The company expects a planning decision to be made in December this year, in which case construction is likely to start in Q1 2025, with completion expected in Q3 2027.