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Commonwealth Games retail & leisure park plans drawn up

February 29 2012

Commonwealth Games retail & leisure park plans drawn up
Reiach & Hall have submitted plans for a £44m retail and leisure park at Springfield Cross, adjacent to the National indoor Sports Arena, in the east end of Glasgow.

Dubbed The Arena, the scheme is being bankrolled by developer Kevin Fawcett, and is timed to capitalise on the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Located at the junction of London Road and Springfield Road the scheme will be  anchored by a 160 bedroom Tulip Inn hotel (the UK’s first) and include a147 space underground car park..

It will be joined by a dental surgery, healthcare facility and a range of shops and restaurants alongside a further 143 surface parking lots.

The development will be linked to its namesake by way of a public piazza.

Fawcett said: “This development is an essential component of the regeneration of the area already being achieved by Glasgow City Council and Clyde Gateway, and will make a real difference to Glasgow's east end and most importantly those who live there."

Planners will appraise the scheme, which supercedes a previous proposal from Progress Property, in July with work commencing before the year is out if given the nod.
Development would abut Springfield and London Roads
Development would abut Springfield and London Roads


#1 Posted by Liam on 29 Feb 2012 at 21:45 PM
Looks like rotterdam
Jimbob Tanktop
#2 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 29 Feb 2012 at 23:09 PM
Re: the UK's first - isn't there a Tulip Inn in the Gorbals?

#3 Posted by urbanrealm on 29 Feb 2012 at 23:35 PM
Hi Jim -

I believe the Tulip Inn brand is being reintroduced to the UK and this development will be the first of those. The Gorbals hotel is now a Premier Inn.

Willemijn Geels, Development Director of Louvre Hotels Group said: “I am delighted that we have been selected to operate this new hotel which will be the UK’s first new Tulip Inn. Louvre Hotels Group is amongst the leading hotel operators in the world with more than 1,000 hotels in 40 countries across 6 different brands. Tulip Inn hotels, in the 3-star category, offer excellent quality, comfortable rooms and friendly personnel at an affordable price. We are very happy to re-introduce the brand to the UK market through this exciting project and are confident about the long-term growth potential for our brands in the UK”.
#4 Posted by Brian on 2 Mar 2012 at 08:38 AM
The subway should be running along the disused tunnel to parkhead now.if its good enough for west end its good enough for east end.
Arthur Brown
#5 Posted by Arthur Brown on 5 Mar 2012 at 16:43 PM
I do hope that the elevation of the Tulip Hotel as shown isn't intended to actually have all those coloured panels. I've no objection to the use of colour. However, coloured panels "a plenty" seems to be the current architectural "fad"? We'd timber cladding for a while and now Architects seems to have latched on to coloured panels! When are Architect's going to learn to think independently and not to simply follow the trend? Adopting the latest design "fad" whatever it might be only serves to "date" a building! Come on Architect's - be more creative rather than simply follow the herd!

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