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Custom House hotel plans submitted

April 12 2012

Custom House hotel plans submitted
Sasan Bell Architects, a practice just two years old this March, have submitted plans for what would be the largest new build hotel in Glasgow since Blythswood Square.

Adopting a “respectful approach” to the A listed façade of the former Custom house on Clyde Street, at the southern extremity of the Buchanan Street axis, the development will entail demolition of rear outbuildings to erect an elongated new build stretching to a gap site on Dixon Street.

A central staircase within the Custom House, currently on the Buildings at Risk Register, will be restored with ancillary spaces given over to street facing bars and a restaurant extending to the courtyard behind which will be given a glazed roof.

The concept design inlays a geometric pattern inspired by the lattice structure of the Central Station bridge extrapolated to the scale of the destroyed St Enoch Station Hotel.

This mass is designed to screen the secondary façade of a proposed Hyatt hotel whilst a, slight, height increase on Dixon Street is intended to terminate the Buchanan Street axis. Double Tree by Hilton have been signed up by the client to tenant the scheme.
An 1890s outbuilding and a 1960s extension will be demolished
An 1890s outbuilding and a 1960s extension will be demolished
Another putative hotel is planned immediately next door
Another putative hotel is planned immediately next door

It is hoped to lift the architectural mood of the area following the decision to approve Jurys Inn and Treetops
It is hoped to lift the architectural mood of the area following the decision to approve Jurys Inn and Treetops
Sasan Bell are hopeful that their scheme will ultimately see the light of day - despite the non appearance of countless other promised hotels
Sasan Bell are hopeful that their scheme will ultimately see the light of day - despite the non appearance of countless other promised hotels


#1 Posted by Cateran on 12 Apr 2012 at 20:59 PM
More 'look at me' architecture. If the scheme does see the light of day, it'll also see the light of night going by these pics.
#2 Posted by Neil on 13 Apr 2012 at 09:25 AM
Dear God. That geometric pattern over such a scale is just monstrous. Is this really any better than the aforementioned Jury's and Treetops schemes?
#3 Posted by Spike on 13 Apr 2012 at 09:54 AM
I think it looks really interesting. I'd much rather see a 'look at me' building than a 'don't look at me' building.
#4 Posted by Ross on 13 Apr 2012 at 11:03 AM
I like the idea of forging ahead with creating the Clyde with a skyline-so the building gets the thumbs up from me.
is this it?
#5 Posted by is this it? on 13 Apr 2012 at 11:43 AM
Didn't see anything about BlockBusters in the inspiration or concept for this...Nicely detailed this could look good...
#6 Posted by LARA on 13 Apr 2012 at 12:58 PM
to Ist this it... LOL that is EXACTLY what I was going to say. Shame Bob Holness is no longer with us as her would have been perfect for the opening ceremony..
Big Chantelle
#7 Posted by Big Chantelle on 13 Apr 2012 at 13:06 PM
I like it. I think it adds to the area in a positive sense.

#8 Posted by David on 13 Apr 2012 at 13:07 PM
...sorry did I just read 'respectful approach'?...
#9 Posted by Rossco on 13 Apr 2012 at 13:18 PM
This is a bold architectural statement. No render, kingspan or rainscreen cladding in sight. Hope it comes through.
#10 Posted by Stuart on 13 Apr 2012 at 13:49 PM
It is nice and will be a positive contribution to the Clyde Side/Custom House Quay area. Hopefully it will help to revitalise the Custom House Quay development. I love that the images are realistic and show Glasgow on a cloudy day rather than usual fake perfect blue sky settings which are too often used to promote new builds. It is a shame that there is no lighting scheme for the hotel. The images shows what the hotel will look like assuming All hotel rooms have their lights on at the same time which isn't realistic. Then again it does allow a game of knots and crosses to be played out on the Glasgow Skyline.
#11 Posted by dirige on 13 Apr 2012 at 13:55 PM
As mentioned, the success of it will be down to the detail. Lets hope that the developers hold their nerve as the construction details get drawn and costed as if it gets watered down, it could look like total crap.
Trombe Wall
#12 Posted by Trombe Wall on 13 Apr 2012 at 14:29 PM
Re. Image 2 - It is a sad day when bridge railings become your elevation precedent.
#13 Posted by really?! on 13 Apr 2012 at 15:46 PM
Partick Bateman
#14 Posted by Partick Bateman on 13 Apr 2012 at 16:21 PM
Neil C
#15 Posted by Neil C on 13 Apr 2012 at 16:25 PM
If Doubletree by Hilton have been "signed up", does that suggest this is an actual goer, rather than just another pipe-dream? As for the plans, they'd work better if the design was two storeys lower, but the roofline jars against the surrounding buildings a bit too much at its current height.
#16 Posted by dirige on 13 Apr 2012 at 16:26 PM
No need to post twice.
Is it really that 'pish'? Far better than most of the limp-wristed architecture that is going up these days.
#17 Posted by Shocker on 13 Apr 2012 at 17:00 PM
Yes it is that bad, but we all know the architects have probably been trying to squeeze in an architectural idea (a one liner right enough) under the influence of a client seeking to maximise commercial profit. The Clydeside really is an eye sore now anyway through years of poor planning policy and this is just one more mistake. What makes it worse though is that it is attached to one of the few remaining buildings on the Clydeside of architectural merit. Rest assured though it'll walk through planning, just like the other commercial dross being pushed through.
#18 Posted by Eric on 15 Apr 2012 at 14:09 PM
I grew up in the area in 60s /70s.I never understood why the tenements and little shops in front of the ex-carrick ship were pulled down to be replaced with the flats now that look as if they need pulling down now!As for this hotel plan i dont have a problem with it at all.
#19 Posted by mince&tatties on 15 Apr 2012 at 19:06 PM
why is this oversized cheese grater being given the thumbs up by the chronic moaners on this site that criticise absolutely everything everywhere.. at least now that we see how 'refined' their taste is, it really shows how meaningless all the pointless slagging off on here really is.
StuG III Ausf. F/8
#20 Posted by StuG III Ausf. F/8 on 15 Apr 2012 at 20:40 PM
Mince&Tatties: "my taste is better than your taste"
Devil's Advocate
#21 Posted by Devil's Advocate on 16 Apr 2012 at 02:14 AM
This application has been through public consultation, (UR article 31 May 2011)!!
Nothing is ever to everyone's taste as evident above, but I suppose the 'regular negative critics' on UR, who type away from the comfort of their keyboards and don't get out much, are not the ones who take the financial risks and do the hard work!

On the positive side, I think it will breath a new lease of life to this part of the city with an individual design and will rescue one of the oldest listed buildings on Clyde Street.
#22 Posted by Pat on 16 Apr 2012 at 08:47 AM
#21, don't get to upity, it's a sequence of zooty computer generated images at the moment, no hard work in that. This may be an interesting project but as said previously everything depends on the detail quality and the architects here don't have good track record in this. 200 Broomielaw anyone?
Devil's Advocate
#23 Posted by Devil's Advocate on 16 Apr 2012 at 09:28 AM
#22, wow!
Don't like to have you as a jury in court...!
Guilty, before proven innocent...!
Judge every act on its own merit, anyone?
#24 Posted by Pat on 16 Apr 2012 at 11:24 AM
Sadly, you can only go by past work in architecture as a guide. By the time its up it's too late and you're stuck with it. These architects record for quality detailing is not good
#25 Posted by james on 16 Apr 2012 at 13:46 PM
Pat, I detect a personal issue here..., You obviously know these guys well!
I agree with #23, Judge, Jury and all that.
Walt Disney
#26 Posted by Walt Disney on 17 Apr 2012 at 13:08 PM
I work a couple of blocks up from this and I've often thought how ugly that part of the Clyde and how it could do with redevelopment. However if this is what's on offer I'd rather take the status quo. It is an absolute shocker. Architectural arrogance in overdrive. Nuts to context, history, scale, urbanism.....Look at me!!!!!!
#27 Posted by Norman on 26 Apr 2012 at 17:14 PM
Walt, you should stick to mickey mouse!
I live round the corner, I think it is great. Nothing like the drab that is on Clyde Street already, Jury's, new residential blocks to mention a few....
#28 Posted by Julie on 18 Oct 2013 at 12:00 PM
Not looking forward to this being built at all. I work in an office block right on the corner of St Enoch Square overlooking this proposed hotel and currently on the top floor we have a fabulous view right over the river and beyond. When that monstrosity goes up it's all we'll see and it'll block out our light totally. Looks like a right eyesore

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