DEVELOPERS looking to turn the former Pitt Street police HQ into one of Scotland's largest housing projects have submitted plans.

Moda, which will develop then be landlord for the site, is transforming the £3.75million building into homes for rent.

The City Centre complex will have co-working spaces for business start-ups, fitness facilities, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Bosses claim the additional of three and five-year leases will help the

Dubbed Holland Park, due to its Holland Street entrance, will also have roof terraces for residents, giving views across the city skyline.

Tony Brooks, managing director at Moda, said: “By being both the developer and the landlord, we can ensure the residents of Holland Park have the best possible experience, having designed the scheme from the ground up for rent.

"High quality rental accommodation like this that taps into new technologies and lifestyles will help rejuvenate city centres and perhaps more importantly for university towns like Glasgow, attract and retain talent.”

Moda said it wants to redevelop the Pitt Street complex into a ‘build-to-rent neighbourhood’.

Plans submitted to Glasgow City Council show Holland Park, which will have a hotel-syle lobby entrance and 31,000 sq ft of outdoor amenity space, will offer 433 homes for rent in total.

With a range of studios to three-beds, the development will host a close to 900 people once completed, making it one of Scotland’s largest housing projects.

Designed by Glaswegian architects HAUS Collective, the homes at Holland Park will be spread over four blocks arranged into a square, with a courtyard in the middle that will be open to the public during the day.

Moda is also in discussions with the city council to improve the surrounding public realm outside of the Pitt Street site and installing new green infrastructure.

It will also include a total of 15,000 sq ft of internal amenity space, such as residents’ lounges and health and wellness zones, with three landscaped rooftop terraces.

A 24-hour concierge service will be provided, while the MyModa app will allow Moda customers to do everything from report a fault to organising events and letting friends in.

The company said it aims to transform renting from being a stopgap to homeownership into a lifestyle choice.

Murray Henderson, director at HAUS Collective, said: “The Holland Park proposals comprise a collection of forms that respond to the strong urban ‘grid-iron’ plan synonymous with Glasgow.

"The scale of the site and its influential location within the city present a unique opportunity to deliver a high quality residential and mixed-use development that can contribute meaningfully to the locale by enhancing the townscape and local environment.

"As Glaswegians, we recognise the importance of an increased resident population within an evolving City Centre contributing to the wider city economy.

"Holland Park presents a distinctive, contemporary lifestyle choice through the innovative Build-to-Rent community being created.”

Holland Park was Moda’s first scheme in Scotland and the purchase of the Pitt Street site marked one of Scotland’s biggest property deals post-Brexit.

Moda now has a second development in Edinburgh city centre, which was purchased from Grosvenor earlier this year.

The firm has £1.5 billion plans for 6000 rent-only apartments in city centre sites across the UK.

Other schemes are currently underway in Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.

In 2016 the Scottish Police Authority's finance and investment committee asked for the sale of the former Strathclyde Police HQ to be accelerated.

After being home to the force since 1975, it was declared surplus to requirements in November 2014 and cost about £1m a year to run.

Hundreds of police staff were moved out of the 11,000sq ft office bloc - part 1930s brick, part 1970s concrete and glass - to a new base in the east end of the city in 2015

The building was valued at £12m in 2008, just before the financial crash. Two years later the then Strathclyde force suggested a price of just £2.7m.