The former headquarters of NHS Glasgow that have been empty for nearly a decade could be turned into new flats.

An application has been submitted to convert the office block, known as Dalian House, on the corner of St Vincent Street and North Street.

The site near the M8 would be transformed into 71 flats, with a mixture of one and two bedroom properties.

Commercial uses are proposed for the ground floor space facing the motorway.

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The building was named Dalian House after the city of Dalian in Northern China with which Glasgow was twinned with in 1987 and was originally developed by Scottish Legal Life Assurance in 1989.

It went on to become the headquarters for NHS Glasgow and Strathclyde Regional Council were also once tenants in the building.

After the NHS trust moved to their new facility in Gartnavel in around 2010, the building has been empty.

Owners have struggled to make use of the site because it no longer meets current technology, facilities and installation standards.

A statement submitted as part of a change-of-use planning application states: “The owner’s property agents have been actively promoting the site since then but feedback is that the facility no longer meets current technology, facilities and installation standards and is in desperate need of renovation and refurbishment.

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"The property has been empty since that time and is showing signs of neglect.

“With the existing and recent residential developments in the area it is considered that residential would be the most appropriate use for the property.”

Previous applications have submitted for the site, including a hotel and restaurant, but there has been no firm interest from hoteliers.

Existing underground parking would be maintained and cycling storage would provided if the plans go-ahead.

The plans are due to go before Glasgow City Council.