George Square hotel revamp looks set for approval
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February 27 2015
Citing council sources the paper says that officers will decide upon the scheme ‘imminently’ after just two objections were raised against expansion of the Millenium Hotel.
It follows hot on the heels of approval for an 11 storey car park to the immediate north, part of Land Securities Buchanan Quarter that will see the establishment lose half its rooms to an expansion of the Queen Street Station concourse.
In a supporting statement Hamiltons Architects said: “Development advisers (Muir Smith Evans) have held discussions with the head-leasee, Network Rail, and with Land Securities who are obliged to construct a car parking structure and retail accommodation that borders the Millennium Hotel site.
“Hamiltons Architects is having discussions with BDP architects and Land Securities to find the best way of relating the proposed works to the hotel and the adjoining multi-storey car park and retail accommodation.”
Commenting on the scale of intervention the architects add: “It is understandable that the existing hotel building, though not particularly distinguished, should be valued as a part of the city’s architectural heritage. The challenge for the altered Millennium Hotel is to relate its character and scale to the new development that is required. In anycase, the magnificent City Chambers building powerfully establishes the scale of development that a large space such as George Square can and should accommodate.
“We do not believe that new extensions to the hotel can be successfully designed in a pastiche Victorian style. Instead, the additions are being designed as sympathetically scaled elements that are compatible with the materials and scale of the existing hotel building.”
This will be the second rooftop expansion the hotel has undergone. A mansard roof was added at the turn of the last century
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