Planning Consultancy work - BUPA

Client: BUPA
Location: Scotland

To enable the successful conversion of an office unit at 149 St Vincent Street Glasgow to a Health Centre including necessary listed building and advertisement consent.

Project requirements

Bupa required a ground floor city centre location within Glasgow for a highly visible healthcare unit. They acquired a former office unit at 149 St Vincent Street but required planning permission for the change of use, listed building consent and advertisement consent.

The Issue

Extremely protective office use policies resulted in resistance from Glasgow City Council planners. The Listed Building designation also restricted the advertising that Bupa was seeking.

The GL Hearn Solution

GL Hearn planners based in Scotland utilised connections with colleagues in Capita Real Estate to put together a package of up to date information about office supply in Glasgow to argue that the office unit was obsolete. GL Hearn planners assembled marking information to show that the unit had been marketed unsuccessfully. They met with Glasgow planners to discuss the benefits of the change of use to the surrounding area and the change of use was granted. The GL Hearn team then utilised existing relationships within Glasgow City Council to arrange a meeting on site with the client to discuss what level of advertising would be acceptable. A compromise was reached for the unit to place subtle advertising vinyls on alternate windows to advertise the health centre.


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