A CITY centre office building could be demolished to make way for a major student block. 

Student accommodation provider iQSA are seeking planning permission for a 560 bedrooms complex at 225 Bath Street. 

It would be opposite purpose-built student accommodation Elgin Place, which is also run by iQ Student Accommodation. 

The new building would be modeled based on the "success" of 324-bed Elgin Place. 

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A design statement submitted to Glasgow City Council claims the "development will contribute positively to the regeneration of Bath Street and beyond".

Rooms would come in a mixture of layouts and sizes ranging from "cluster flats" to various studios and students would be offered either 44-week or 51-week leases. 

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The statement adds: "The development’s wide range of bedroom configurations is intended to provide accommodation for a much wider range of student age groups than normally use conventional PBSA; beyond their normal first and second-year stay.

"It will therefore contribute to the removal of those older students from their typical accommodation, often poor quality HMOs, freeing those existing buildings for regeneration into more suitable residential accommodation to meet the needs of the city."

The developer claims that the existing building "presents a very unfriendly recessed brick plinth to the street" and offers "outdated and inefficient office space". 

Glasgow Times: (Images: iQSA)(Images: iQSA)

In a planning report, iQSA adds that the right living environment can "nurture" both physical and mental health of students.

Students at the accommodation would be within walking distance of the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow City College, Royal Conservatoire and the Glasgow School of Art.

The plans are awaiting consideration from Glasgow City Council.