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Pacific Quay to welcome a 150-bed waterfront hotel

November 22 2019

Pacific Quay to welcome a 150-bed waterfront hotel

A prominent waterfront site in Glasgow has been earmarked for a 150-bed Holiday Inn hotel by Pacific Quay Developments.

The £18m development will sit on the south bank of the River Clyde and will include conferencing and co-working space alongside a seventh floor skybar, catering for visitors to the nearby Scottish Events Campus.

Mosaic director Neil Haining said: “The overall scale of the development has been carefully balanced with the BBC headquarters to the west and STV Glasgow to the east of the site and completes the last waterfront site along Pacific Quay.
“The development has been designed to take advantage of the views of the SECC, The Hydro and the Finnieston Crane, with ground floor hotel reception and public areas connecting through to an external terrace and a rooftop Skybar and terrace with north and south facing views.”

Pacific Quay originally served as a commercial dock and has latterly been transformed with new businesses, hotels and homes.


#1 Posted by Ross on 22 Nov 2019 at 13:46 PM
This genuinely looks like something you'd build at the waterfront in Dundee (sorry Dundee). Abysmal.
#2 Posted by David on 22 Nov 2019 at 14:37 PM
We’ve finally realised the Clyde is a great place for tourism.

Looks fantastic- something always better than gap sites.
Town Planner
#3 Posted by Town Planner on 22 Nov 2019 at 15:23 PM
This is the precise location in Glasgow, arguably Scotland, where we should be building something exiting, bold and with a bit of verticality...
Next to the BBC, opposite the Hydro, Finnieston Crane, and the SECC, I don’t doubt Holiday Inn are delighted with the view!

Glasgow City Council planners need to say no to such prime sites if the proposal isn’t good enough. We can imagine something better.
Sue Pearman
#4 Posted by Sue Pearman on 22 Nov 2019 at 15:23 PM
"something always better than gap sites."
meaning 'build any old rubbish because it's better than nothing'...?
David, do you not think it's worth pushing for the best possible building? this it?
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 22 Nov 2019 at 15:37 PM
This would probably be the best thing erected at Pacific quay since 2007. A positive spin or the most despairing comment of all? You decide.
#6 Posted by Brandwagon on 22 Nov 2019 at 15:48 PM
Low ebb business park architecture at best. Consistent with the lousy corperate dross either side. Zero finesse..
#7 Posted by Charlie_ on 22 Nov 2019 at 15:51 PM
Each plunked down individually like jenga blocks on a toddler's bedroom carpet.
#8 Posted by David_ on 22 Nov 2019 at 16:17 PM
There are some good examples of modern, contemporary architecture along the banks of the Clyde which have become showcase buildings for the city, and really positive additions to the skyline, such as the Armadillo and the Glasgow Science Centre/Tower. Even the BBC headquarters aren't too bad (as big glass boxes go).
However this proposal is dreadful, probably beaten only by the adjacent Premier Inn. Sometimes I can see the merits of filling a gap site to re-densify the cityscape, however in this instance I would rather the gap stay for another five years until a better proposal came along. The Clyde should be looking to emulate the banks of the River Thames, not an East Kilbride business park.
#9 Posted by Billy on 22 Nov 2019 at 18:48 PM
All the buildings at Pacific Quay are a disappointment. And as for the syringe....must be the worst tourist viewing platform. Who cares if it rotates. It’s awful. And as for the BBC ...send in the bulldozers and start again.
nathan wright
#10 Posted by nathan wright on 23 Nov 2019 at 00:08 AM
Dire ! Depths of banality being reached every day on this website. Need to sit down tonight and decide if there is any point to architecture in Scotland - it's that bad.
#11 Posted by Chris on 23 Nov 2019 at 12:56 PM
The whole area is a cold, grey windswept business park. Needs a complete rethink.
James Hepburn
#12 Posted by James Hepburn on 23 Nov 2019 at 13:12 PM
Glasgow seems to specialise now in mundane architecture. This addition to the riverside only serves to underline Glasgow City Council's heritage of wrecking the city.
#13 Posted by Charlie_ on 24 Nov 2019 at 11:45 AM
Im not sure how much Glasgow deserves to be singled out here, nearly all regional uk cities now specialise in mean, value engineered banality- more of a national problem than a local one.
rm kartoffell
#14 Posted by rm kartoffell on 24 Nov 2019 at 23:05 PM
Is there no end to the banal corporate lack of imagination along the riverfront? Walking along the Clyde is utterly depressing. There are still no cafes, restaraunts, bars, or anything to do along the clyde. Theres a Costa in the Premier Inn and thats literally all there is between the squinty bridge and partick train station. Shite.
Gandalf the Pink
#15 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 25 Nov 2019 at 09:14 AM
lets be fair, there is a cafe and bar in the Clydeside Distillery, a cafe on the Tall Ship and a cafe in the Riverside Museum. There is also a cafe in the Science Centre and the BBC offices.

Things to do? How about visiting the Scottish Events Campus and taking in a gig, the Tall Ship is a great free attraction, the Science Centre and the Riverside Museum are wonderful for kids. Maybe take a tour of the Clydeside Distillery? In the summer the free Clyde Ferry runs to Govan from Partick offering the opportunity of a lovely circular walk.

All between the Squinty Bridge and Partick train station...
#16 Posted by wonky on 25 Nov 2019 at 11:54 AM
I think this is a fairly decent proposal, relative to the grey clad carbuncles it's surrounded by, at least. The problem is the riverside area in general. I think it could still be salvageable if there was radical design intervention from the council ( which of course we know will never happen)- but where is the residential population needed for a proper mixed use sense of place? The residential development planned for Govan Road by Stewart Milne certainly does not cut it. It merely repeats the same mistakes of the low-density 60s council blue-print next door. The whole area needs to be rescued from the car, both culturally, and more urgently, physically, most obviously in the form of the massive areas of surface car-parking. There is still hope with Fastlink at Pacific Drive potentially transformed to light-rail/tram- again that will need government intervention. Any residential plan needs to be high-density, have legible blocks, defined by contained 'welcoming' public spaces, characterised by a bold urban street edge ( that we see in Glasgow's most successful Victorian districts), with direct links to Cessnock underground station/ maybe even the strip of land between the Distillery and the Riverside Museum could one such area, taking advantage of the planned bridge to Govan, then directly connecting it to the subway station at the Cross?
Whether there is a political will to achieve such a 'European' vision on the Clyde is another matter. It seems to me the Riverside came into conception at a time when the whole country was riding on the dark wave of pro-corporatism that was ushered in by Thatcherism- with Thatcherism came rampant translation of public spaces into privately managed 'secure' spaces, largely defined by a spirit of human meanness, blank corporate structures defined by blank facades that rejected the wider community, lack of public seating areas. prioritisation of private car spaces over people, rejection of public transport- is it possible for example to have contained 'welcoming' public spaces in a paranoid CCTV obsessed modern 'society'?
The riverside just reminds us of all the category errors of neo-liberalism that is a complete failure to believe in other people, the possibility of community or the fundamental reality that humans are social beings- can we be surprised when Thatcher declared 'there was no such thing as society'?
I haven't given up hope on the riverside as yet but if Stewart Milne's 'Festival Park Vision' is the answer then my hope is shrinking somewhat.
Auntie Nairn
#17 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 25 Nov 2019 at 13:57 PM
#1 - have you been to the Dundee Waterfront recently? I'm told there is a really nice new museum.
#18 Posted by Dulnain on 25 Nov 2019 at 17:37 PM
Quayside anywhere! Thank goodness for the STV sign to indicate place.

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