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Motel One press ahead with Glasgow development

November 12 2013

Motel One press ahead with Glasgow development
German hotel chain Motel One has announced its acquisition of a site adjacent to Central Station in Glasgow city centre where it intends to build a 370 room hotel.

The 13 storey development would be one of the largest hotels, in terms of rooms, in the country and reflects growing confidence within the sector.

Designed by Cooper Cromar the limestone clad building would incorporate restaurant and bar areas at ground level together with a feature glazed tower element terminating the view down Hope Street.

Sandy Smith of Buccleuch Property, development partner behind the scheme, said: "Having secured planning permission on the site for an office and retail scheme back in 2007, we put our proposals for developing it on hold during the downturn.

"During this period we were approached by a number of parties interested in the site.

"Motel One proved to be a good fit; working closely with them and Glasgow City Council we agreed a deal for alternative use, which both the International Financial Services District in Glasgow and the city planners have been highly supportive of."

Work is expected to begin on the scheme early in the New Year for completion by summer 2015


#1 Posted by Ross on 12 Nov 2013 at 12:54 PM
I cannot wait to see that part of Argyle Street alive with activity. It has far too long been lying a no go area with dark streets and derelict land lying, empty buildings - right upon the district trying to make its name for itself as an internation financial area! At the moment, I still wouldnt enjoy walking down that end of town after dark. Shame really.
#2 Posted by wonky on 12 Nov 2013 at 14:36 PM
I think this is a wonderful part of the city- potentially the most exciting of all its urban nodes- that's why it's long term neglect comes as something of a depressing surprise. The Heelan' Mans Umbrella, Hope Street, Radison and that long thrilling urban corridor along Argyle Street toward the Kingston Bridge make it a great location- the section of sandstone tenements with the Mansard Roof that were part of the Jumeriah hotel deal continues to rot ( very alarmingly) and some parts up there look like the Luftwaffe have just called.
Nevertheless this will be a long overdue addition and a welcome boost.
#3 Posted by brian on 14 Nov 2013 at 08:01 AM
It is run down in parts,The hotel I guess looks better than nothing and the mess that's sitting there now.

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