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Forrest Group to build 176-bed Finnieston Quay chameleon hotel

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September 7 2015

Forrest Group to build 176-bed Finnieston Quay chameleon hotel
Forrest Group is pressing ahead with plans to build a 176-bed four star hotel at Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, after entering into a management agreement with Radisson Red.

Designed by ADF Architects the £30m waterfront venue will incorporate a rooftop sky bar, gym and event spaces housed behind a dynamic façade that gives the illusion of changing colour in relation to the quality of natural light.

The ten storey structure will also play host to two digital screens advertising events at the nearby Clyde Auditorium and The Hydro.

Forrest Group CEO Chris Trainer said: “Radisson Red will be unique and iconic in its architecture and a great addition to the city’s skyline. The changing colour of the building throughout the day - reacting to the natural daylight - is a really interesting and innovative feature.”

Work is expected to get underway early next year subject to planning approval with completion expected by September 2017.
A metal rainscreen cassette cladding system employs a custom paint finish to achieve a dynamic appearance dependent on viewpoint and ambient lighting
A metal rainscreen cassette cladding system employs a custom paint finish to achieve a dynamic appearance dependent on viewpoint and ambient lighting
A rooftop sky bar offers views across the SECC complex
A rooftop sky bar offers views across the SECC complex

12 Comments

George
#1 Posted by George on 7 Sep 2015 at 11:31 AM
UR, are there any daytime sketches or are they trying to hide something..?!?
UR
#2 Posted by UR on 7 Sep 2015 at 13:05 PM
Hi George, I've uploaded a daytime perspective.
George
#3 Posted by George on 7 Sep 2015 at 13:21 PM
Thanks UR, and I actually really like the looks of this development and this site key site is in need of development. However what the drawings don't show is that there is potentially a carpark on the main frontage to Finnieston Street, as you come over the squinty bridge. Is that the best we can do with such a prominent corner?
Pablo
#4 Posted by Pablo on 7 Sep 2015 at 16:58 PM
A surface car park on the Finnieston Street corner.

Seriously?

Facepalm.
Neil C
#5 Posted by Neil C on 7 Sep 2015 at 17:14 PM
Given the proliferation of grey boxes along this stretch of the Clyde, this is refreshingly bright and makes effective use of rainscreen cladding. Plus, its polychromatic colours nod to the Hydro next door. Good work.
crumpelstiltskin
#6 Posted by crumpelstiltskin on 7 Sep 2015 at 19:48 PM
I agree with Neil, so much bland grayness down on the clydeside. This is a welcomed addition in my opinion. Skybar next to the hydro overlooking the Finnieston Crane, sounds good to me.
bob
#7 Posted by bob on 8 Sep 2015 at 13:11 PM
This is a joke - a car park on the corner?!

GCC planners and all involved should be ashamed - what is the point in a planning system if it is not possible to demand even the most basic urban design principles in key locations.



D to the R
#8 Posted by D to the R on 8 Sep 2015 at 13:47 PM
Bob - What you see is the continuing derivation of the planning system. Planners don't care about a city, they care about Mrs McGluggin 'no havin' her washing sun-path affected by yon new 50 storey tower block'. GCC didn't even deem George Square an important enough Urban Space in the city to follow through on a design competition THEY held - what chance have you got here. Look at any other riverside development in Europe. They have aspiration and strategy. Neither of which exist at GCC.
bear post please
#9 Posted by bear post please on 8 Sep 2015 at 16:04 PM
who needs urban space when you have staggered windows.

The prominent architectural style of our generation.

behold our greatness!!
GlasgowYin
#10 Posted by GlasgowYin on 8 Sep 2015 at 23:12 PM
Clearly not the most visually interesting but leagues above that horrible Premier Inn on the other side of the Clyde. Has anyone heard what's happening with the mooted Motel One development next to Central Station?
Alf
#11 Posted by Alf on 9 Sep 2015 at 09:15 AM
@ #8 D to the R
To reinforce your thoughts on the river front, our block of flats off Dunlop Street is getting a shiny new gym complete with curtain walling on the Clyde Street elevation. Canny wait.
George
#12 Posted by George on 9 Sep 2015 at 13:41 PM
@ #8 D to the R
To be fair to GCC Planning, they haven't actually given approval to this proposal yet.
I think it looks a really good and welcome development and I'm surprised that the developers aren't wanting to maximise the whole site.

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