Trongate hotel cleared to banish eye-sore gap-site
May 15 2020
Drum Property Group has secured planning consent in principle from Glasgow City Council to proceed with a Stallan-Brand designed mixed-use regeneration project off the Trongate at Candleriggs Square.
The phased build will be subject to a series of detailed applications for each aspect of the masterplan including hotels, offices, flats, retail and leisure space.
Phase one will see a hotel rise at the junction with Hutcheson Street, utilising a palette of scalloped pre-cast concrete and glazed terracotta panels as secondary elements. A contrasting base of brickwork denotes the change of use to retail at ground and first-floor level, interspersed with precast pieces.
Graeme Bone, managing director of Drum Property Group, said: “This will be a huge boost to the area and to local businesses, who are in desperate need of some good news right now.
"We can now look forward to a once-in-a-generation regeneration opportunity, transforming a very special area which has always been at the very centre of Glasgow’s commercial and social development."
Wrapping around a retained facade The Student Hotel will double as an entrance point to the broader masterplan, centred on an outdoor events and social space. To achieve this role new public realm will be introduced as part of the Trongate/Argyle Street Avenues programme which will minimise roads and parking in favour of cycleways, 'rain gardens' and tree planting.
It is hoped work can now get underway as soon as it is practical to do so.