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The subjects which are Grade A Listed, comprise the prestigious former High School of Glasgow, laterally occupied by Strathclyde Regional Council and Police Scotland. The buildings comprise five distinct blocks, together with two gatehouses and a smaller modern addition.

The majority of buildings provide office accommodation following conversion from educational use. In addition, the former Council debating chamber remains in-situ providing an opportunity to utilise the space for a variety of uses.

The buildings are generally of sandstone construction under traditional pitched and slate roofs, and have many outstanding architectural features.

The properties are formed around a large central courtyard utilised for parking with gated vehicular access from Holland Street. There is pedestrian access from both Holland Street and Elmbank Street. The site is surrounded by stone walls and full height railings.

Floor Areas

59 Holland Street (Gatehouse) 59 m² (639 sq ft)
61 Holland Street (Gatehouse) 67 m² (716 sq ft)
House 5 1,089 m² (11,725 sq ft)
House 6 2,650 m² (28,530 sq ft)
House 7 967 m² (10,407 sq ft)
House 8 1,589 m² (17,104 sq ft)
House 9 1,164 m² (12,534 sq ft)
Building 10 509 m² (5,479 sq ft)
Total floor area 8,095 m² (87, 134 sq ft)


Glasgow City Development Plan was adopted on 29 March 2017. The new local development plan replaces Glasgow City Plan 2 (2009) and sets out the Council’s land use strategy providing the basis for assessing planning applications - click the button below for more detail.
The City Development Plan overarching policies CPD1 Placemaking and CDP 2 Sustainable Spatial Strategy encourage development to be informed by a placed base approach, which means new development should be responsive to its context and seek to build upon the benefits of proximity. It is critical that new development is compatible with existing and future uses. The City Centre area is identified as a Strategic Economic Investment Location (SEIL) as defined in CDP 3 Economic Development of the plan and the site is located within the Principal Office Area.

The established use of the former High School complex is class 4 office and continued use of the buildings for this purpose would be consistent with protecting the City Centre as a SEIL. However this unique opportunity also provides a prospect for sustainable repurposing with a new use that complements the office function and extends activity out with office hours. This is essential in ensuring the city centre remains attractive to inward investors. This outstanding A-listed building has the potential to be utilised as a high end luxury hotel with some of the unique spaces suitable for conferencing, banqueting and supporting leisure uses or concessionary retail. House 10 in particular does not contribute to the historic buildings special interest and removal of this modern, former operational, utilitarian building would be welcomed and may provide an opportunity for modest enabling development. A mix of complimentary uses may also be acceptable providing these uses do not have a detrimental impact on the SEIL or the buildings special architectural or historical interest.

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Interested parties should contact the sole agents (Graham + Sibbald) to arrange an inspection of the subjects. Contact details are shown below.
Innes Flockhart

Innes Flockhart

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0141 567 5351
07803 896 939
Mark Gillies

Mark Gillies

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0141 567 5358
07787 291 149
Terry McFarlane

Terry McFarlane

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0141 567 5397
07766 551 663