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£90m development plan tabled for Glasgow’s Custom House

January 22 2018

£90m development plan tabled for Glasgow’s Custom House
Artisan Real Estate Investors have brought forward a £90m plan to transform Glasgow’s crumbling Custom House, opening up new links between Buchanan Street and the River Clyde in the process.

A pre-application notice has been filed to create a hotel and leisure quarter on 2,700sq/m of land which includes the A-listed Custom House in addition to a former stable block and two tenement buildings at the corner of Clyde and Dixon Street.

This would see a 300-bedroom four-star Clayton hotel built within the Custom House, including a bar, restaurant and conference facilities, in addition to a 150-room aparthotel in neighbouring tenements with its own set of bars and restaurants.

Project director Clive Wilding said: “For too long, the imposing Custom House with its distinctive Greek revival frontage and its neighbouring tenements had become the forgotten segment of the city’s waterfront, having lain mostly vacant for the best part of a decade. We are now in a position to bring these wonderfully characterful buildings back to life, introducing established boutique hotel and aparthotel brands, which will fill the area with energy and life throughout the day and evening.

“We will now work with our partners to create a flagship regeneration project for the city, providing a seamless link from the Clyde waterfront to the St Enoch Centre transport hub and Buchanan Street - part of Glasgow’s ‘style mile’ and generally regarded as the best shopping street outside of London.”

Sheppard Robson have been brought on board to prepare detailed designs for the sensitive site in preparation for a detailed planning application by spring 2018. Completion could follow by mid-2020.


#1 Posted by hmm on 22 Jan 2018 at 13:41 PM
Custom House mysteriously spontaneously combusts in 3...2...
Neil C
#2 Posted by Neil C on 22 Jan 2018 at 14:13 PM
I really hope this masterplan goes ahead, and quickly. Otherwise, the future of this site might involve a mysterious fire and a surface level car park...
Scott Abercrombie
#3 Posted by Scott Abercrombie on 23 Jan 2018 at 08:08 AM
I would note that having attended the PAN consultation the other day the proposals show the demolition of the Dixon St / Clyde St tenements (which have interior work by Greek Thomson, as does Custom House) and retention only of the Custom House as part of the proposals. My understanding is that this is due to an internal collapse that occurred over the Xmas break, which led to GCC declaring the building unsafe. The building had been without a complete roof for a number of years following a fire so an occurrence like this is sadly not entirely surprising.
#4 Posted by Waterboy on 23 Jan 2018 at 20:35 PM
#1 & #2 pretty difficult since without its roof the building will be as damp as a squids sandal.
another piece of glasgows building stock has crumbled in York street. Who's to blame? Owners, developers, council depts (enforcement/planning), public? who knows?

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