Glasgow & West Scotland

Stefan King's G1 group moves to old BBC HQ

Queen Margaret Drive
Image caption The building was the BBC Scotland HQ for 70 years

The former BBC Scotland headquarters in Glasgow is to be redeveloped as the head office for the G1 leisure group.

The sale of the landmark building in Queen Margaret Drive has been agreed for an undisclosed sum.

BBC Scotland left the premises, which it had occupied since 1936, four years ago to move to Pacific Quay on the south side of the River Clyde.

G1 is the leisure, nightclub, restaurant and casino empire built up over 20 years by Stefan King.

After recent rapid expansion, it is moving 100 headquarters staff from Glasgow's Merchant City to the building in the city's west end.

The new G1 head office was built in 1869 and was soon after acquired for Queen Margaret College, the first college for women in Scotland.

The college closed in 1935 and it was then adapted for use by the BBC.

Most of the former BBC site at Queen Margaret Drive HQ was demolished but the original building was retained.

The large neighbouring gap site remains for further re-development.