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Nord scale back Exchange Square hotel plans

September 12 2011

Nord scale back Exchange Square hotel plans
Nord Architects have responded to criticism that their planned Royal Exchange Square hotel was too tall for Glasgow’s central conservation district by shaving off six storeys and losing a double height 2nd floor banqueting hall.

The redesign also incorporates an external terrace above podium level for hotel patrons and guests.

It marks an abrupt change in emphasis for the developer, Lynnet Leisure, which had previously been committed to pushing through a much more ambitious scheme – and submitting a planning application to that effect.

Project architect Alan Pert had previously described such a reduction saying: “A slab building was considered b=however this would be a bigger issue especially in relation to Royal Exchange Square. The tower is more appropriate than a slab design.”


#1 Posted by RDRR on 12 Sep 2011 at 19:46 PM
Shame. Why does Glasgow have a conservation district?

The city is desperate for tall buildings and, despite being yet another commercial development full of the usual overpriced bars and boutiques (something which is really besides the point here but saddens me all the same), NORD's proposal was entirely appropriate.

Build high, build high.
#2 Posted by Chris on 12 Sep 2011 at 21:12 PM
The previous proposal was much more graceful. The current design is squat and uninspiring.
#3 Posted by Tillie on 12 Sep 2011 at 21:56 PM
What does it matter, tall, short, elegant or squat it won't be built?
#4 Posted by Sven on 27 Sep 2011 at 14:10 PM
A stunningly hideous building. A pastiche of a council school of the 1960's. The 'architect' must have some sort of brain wasting disease to design such ugliness.

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