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Wetherspoon’s hotel set to rise on Glasgow’s Jamaica Street

November 4 2016

Wetherspoon’s hotel set to rise on Glasgow’s Jamaica Street
A long-standing gap-site on Glasgow’s Jamaica Street could soon be plugged following submission of plans by pub giant J.D. Wetherspoon to erect a KDPA-designed hotel.

An extension to the A-listed Crystal Palace this will see a nine storey build rise on the adjacent plot containing hotel accommodation and a rooftop garden and bar together with new ground floor openings to facilitate direct access to the reception and courtyard.
Additional hotel rooms will also be created within the vacant upper floors of the existing building whilst retaining existing period features where possible.

In their design statement the architects noted: “The elevation has been split into two key design elements, married by material and proportional similarities. The element directly adjoining the existing Crystal Palace building takes on a tall slender appearance. The formal vertical mullion arrangement of the narrow elevation introduces the building as ‘a familiar neighbour’ to the cast iron façade of The Crystal Palace building, with the character forming a strong relationship with its historical neighbour through the proportioning of the elevation, particularly the window mullion arrangement. Almost as a mark of respect, this new element stands slightly back from its elder, subtly enhancing the importance of the listed building.

“The right-hand portion takes on an identity driven by its urban context. Standing on the site boundary, the floor levels are expressed in coherence with the Left Hand element, however the window casements express a far greater impact on the overall building image. Standing proud of the elevation, the apertures forge a physical connection to the city by projecting into the street, affording the occupier an enviable vantage point. An experience driven by the ‘Piano Nobile’.”

A rear elevation fronting Central Station will be faced in brick with subtle glazed detailing around windows.
A lightwell will draw natural light through all eight floors of bedroom accommodation
A lightwell will draw natural light through all eight floors of bedroom accommodation
The rear elevation will include green glazed brick details in a nod to its illustrious neighbour
The rear elevation will include green glazed brick details in a nod to its illustrious neighbour


#1 Posted by 1 on 4 Nov 2016 at 12:28 PM
Added like what, four storeys to the previous proposal? Looked fine before, sat better in the street. Took it a bit too far now.
#2 Posted by George on 4 Nov 2016 at 16:32 PM
Agree, the last proposal at least tried to tie the 2 buildings together whereas this is only about ramming in as many bedrooms as possible.
#3 Posted by Basho on 4 Nov 2016 at 17:09 PM
Great design. And Weatherspoons? Unlikely bedfellows, but there you go. I like it. Yes, its a bit high, but who cares? Its Glasgow not Balamory.
#4 Posted by Alliance on 6 Nov 2016 at 16:26 PM
Can already forsee the noise and council complaints being directed at Subclub
#5 Posted by QMD on 7 Nov 2016 at 09:10 AM
I think the street elevation looks great. Good height too!
#6 Posted by Chris on 7 Nov 2016 at 09:39 AM
I think this looks great, this site has been an eye sore for as long as I can remember, I think something half decent will be welcomed
#7 Posted by CK on 7 Nov 2016 at 10:41 AM
Will they be offering two rooms for the price of a curry thursday?
#8 Posted by Neil on 7 Nov 2016 at 11:34 AM
This is a big improvement on the previous scheme. I think the extra height actually helps it to tie together the street - maybe one storey less would be perfect. The different treatment of the two sections really works. The bit at the back looks a bit lumpen but other than that it is far more nuanced than most schemes I have seen on here recently.
Edward Harkins
#9 Posted by Edward Harkins on 7 Nov 2016 at 13:48 PM
Will just add to the mess at and around this quarter. Little ambition, little vision... result.
#10 Posted by Glennroy on 11 Nov 2016 at 11:16 AM
From what I can see , it doesn't tie in with any of the buildings either side. bit of a shambles really . As someone else said just getting as many bedrooms in as possible , stack em high sell em cheap, weatherspoons motto! Has any account been made about noise pollution from the sub club? they will need serious soundproofing !!
Big D
#11 Posted by Big D on 21 Nov 2016 at 16:13 PM
Looks very like what my dog threw up mid morning.
#12 Posted by Martin on 8 Dec 2016 at 12:37 PM
RE: Alliance, the agents for the SubClub (and other businesses) made this exact point to the council planning department already [public comment, December 5th], that the agents/client have made no effort to either inform the current businesses or mitigate the potential noise issues arising to bringing a bunch of sleep folks into proxy with a (somewhat notorious) late night club.

We'll see what happens....

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