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Premier Inn up Pacific Quay hotel provision

February 28 2018

Premier Inn up Pacific Quay hotel provision
Lawrence McPherson Architects have returned to Premier Inn at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay four years after checking out with a 180-room waterfront hotel.

Invited back by Whitbread to design a 54-bed extension with a ground floor coffee bar the work will leave the existing hotel largely untouched while expanding its footprint over a car park to the south.

In their design brief LMA wrote: “The proposal aims to redefine the scale and character of the original 180 bedroom hotel with an extension that would turn the existing linear block design into an L-shape building and emphasize the pedestrian corridor to the promenade along the Clyde and Bell’s Bridge as well as reflecting the design of the urban block to the existing.”

The new wing will be identical to existing accommodation in terms of its massing, scale and materials with exterior stair cores used to break up the monotony of the floor to ceiling aluminum and glass facades.

Hard landscaping to the western frontage will be used to help marry the proposal to a pedestrian corridor linking to Bell’s Bridge.
17 car parking spaces will be lost to the expansion
17 car parking spaces will be lost to the expansion
The extemsion will blend seamlessly with the existing hotel
The extemsion will blend seamlessly with the existing hotel


#1 Posted by David on 28 Feb 2018 at 11:10 AM
Astonishingly they've managed to make the extension look even worse than their original design.
#2 Posted by Pablo on 28 Feb 2018 at 12:53 PM
Could have had a Hafencity on the Clyde, instead we've got surface car parks, snaking dual carriageways and ugly buildings like this.

Most of Clydeside is an opportunity thrown away.
#3 Posted by Billy on 28 Feb 2018 at 17:19 PM
Hate all the boring boxes from Stv studios to the Science centre. Can’t believe that 2 media centres could look so boring from the outside. This hotel unfortunately fits into this boring stretch of river front. All fit for demolition.
#4 Posted by robert on 28 Feb 2018 at 20:56 PM
Trying to polish a turd is one thing, making it bigger quite another. What a horror.
#5 Posted by Billy on 28 Feb 2018 at 22:31 PM
Just feel sorry for people having to work in these awful looking buildings. And to think my license fees helped fund one of the eyesores. Hardly a good advertisement for a media centre. It’s embarassing. One can only imagine what tourists make of it! An ugly set of buildings showcased on the world famous Clyde. Doubt any other city would tolerate these horrors. If the BBC and Stv wanted such drab buildings could they not have built them in an industrial estate in some backwater?
do not patronise me
#6 Posted by do not patronise me on 1 Mar 2018 at 08:44 AM
#5 thanks for minimum wage, zero contract staff working in the place I'm glad to have a job so your pity seems misplaced. pff.
#7 Posted by JADED on 1 Mar 2018 at 10:07 AM
One of the most offensive buildings in Glasgow. Not worthy of a motorway service station in Wolverhampton never mind prime riverfront in Glasgow.
#8 Posted by Billy on 1 Mar 2018 at 12:39 PM
#6. Sorry, did not mean to patronise anyone. I am opposed to zero hour contracts and low wages. Just wish some businesses were.
Smiles Worse...
#9 Posted by Smiles Worse... on 1 Mar 2018 at 21:47 PM
Seriously why is this garbage allowed to be built along the Clyde? Glasgow City Council Planning Department don't seem fit for purpose, on the evidence of this and a depressingly large number of other projects. This is the largest city in Scotland and deserves significantly better.
#10 Posted by Cadmonkey on 2 Mar 2018 at 13:28 PM
#9 Biggest clearly does not mean best.

As far as this project is concerned it’s a shame the architect didn’t take the obvious opportunity to design a better extension than the original building.
Maybe there wasn’t an architect on it. Kind of looks that way.
#11 Posted by Sven on 2 Mar 2018 at 14:34 PM
For a Premier Inn (pretty much bottom of the market) this is not a bad design. Now if we add the context of prime riverfront in Glasgow then it begs the question of acceptable quality... prejudiced by the fact that the city turned its back on the Clyde in some time in the 1960's. I grew up in Glasgow and have no memories of the river and did not know that the rive was behind St Enochs or just a street away from Argyle Street.

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