Moda to redevelop former police HQ into one of UK’s largest build to rent schemes

The proposed development

Moda is to redevelop a former police headquarters into a £105m development of rental homes homes.

The developer and operator of private rented housing will transform the full city block complex on Pitt Street creating 365 apartments with over 20,000 sq ft of ancillary ground floor space. The building will include cafes, restaurants, workspace and gardens, creating a ready-made community for residents.

Unlike other housing developers, Moda will retain ownership of the properties and operate them only for rent.

The scheme, designed by local architects HAUS-Collective, is Moda’s first in Scotland. It will replace the existing building with a modern and extensive multi-building development complete with carefully detailed public realm.

Once finished, a range of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments will be on offer, together with a mix of on-site amenities including a gym, cinema room, meeting rooms and residents’ lounge. Outdoor gardens and barbeque areas with recreation spaces will be provided on the rooftops and across the complex. 

The Pitt Street offices, built in 1924, were previously home to Strathclyde Police, which was the country’s largest force from 1975 until the merger of the eight Scottish Police Forces in 2013.