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Glasgow's Oldest Pub to Make Way for Student Housing

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Glasgow's oldest pub is under threat of demolition after an application was submitted for new student accommodation in the city centre.

The plans call for the construction of a 12-storey block to be located on the junction of High Street, Duke Street and George Street, with a total of 326 cluster flats and 100 self-contained studios. Because of the development, the Old College bar situated at 219 High Street would be flattened.

The pub is said to have opened in the early 19th century before being granted its licence in 1812, and has remained in place ever since. Despite its history, the Old College Bar remains unlisted, although the planning application submitted in December does note that it is within a conservation area.

Developers Structured House have described the bar and its surrounding buildings as "detrimental to surroundings visually, economically and in urban design terms" suggesting the student development will "enhance the existing character or the conservation area".

The application will now go before Glasgow City Council with a decision expected by mid-February.

At the same time The Press Bar on Albion Street also faces demolition. The bar was once the favoured establishment for the city's journalists, including those from the Daily Express, the Herald and Evening times, which were previously situated in neighbouring properties.