A shop that has lain empty in the city’s Italian Centre for a decade is set to become a church headquarters, Glasgow Live reports.
The shop on Cochrane Street in the Merchant City will be refurbished for the United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway after planning permission for the listed building was granted.
New designs include a worship area and meeting rooms finished off with materials found in historic churches.
The unit at number 49 has been empty for more than a decade but has now been picked up by Graeme Nicholls Architects, who won a competition to design the diocese’s new headquarters.
They have described their plans as “a recontextualised palette of materials found in historic churches- stone, timber, brass, and patterned glass.”
Adding: “It was essential to the client that the office avoided a commercial or institutional feel to reflect their ethos of being welcoming to all. Our design makes careful use of proportion and scale to create a sense of inclusiveness.”
The project is expected to go out to tender later this year.