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Former Strathclyde Police HQ to become high-tech rental housing

Moda are aiming to transform the former Strathclyde Police headquarters in central Glasgow into a £105m high-tech rental housing under plans submitted to the city government.

The Pitt Street complex will be redeveloped into a co-working space for start-ups and health and wellbeing facilities plus apartments designed exclusively for rent, while cafes, bars and restaurants populate the ground floor.

Holland Park, named after the hotel-style lobby entrance on Holland Street and the scheme’s 31,000 sq ft of outdoor amenity space, will offer 433 homes for rent in total, with a mix of studios to three-beds.

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.”

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 on improving the surrounding public realm outside of the Pitt Street site and installing new green infrastructure.

The development will host a community of close to 900 people once completed.

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