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West Nile Street hotel given the nod by Glasgow planners

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June 12 2020

West Nile Street hotel given the nod by Glasgow planners
3DReid has won planning consent to proceed with a 183-bed hotel in the heart of Glasgow's central conservation area.
 
Acting on behalf of George Capital the practice is spearheading the ambitious build at the junction of West Nile and Bath Street, including a rooftop restaurant and external terrace on the 15th floor.
 
New granite setts will be laid at the busy junction with an extensive ground floor bar and lounge area set back from the street behind a collonaded entrance.
 
Mark Lorimer, associate director at 3DReid, commented: “The planning consent is a fantastic result on a site with great potential, and certainly offered some interesting and stimulating challenges. We have really enjoyed working with George Capital and the design team, and we’re now very much looking forward to the next steps, and hopefully sharing a drink with the team in the rooftop restaurant at some point!”
 
The split character build rises from a robust vase designed to complement the solid masonry of its established neighbours while setback higher levels give way to fritted glass.
The exterior envelope has been designed to speak to the past while looking to the future
The exterior envelope has been designed to speak to the past while looking to the future
The only way is up for West Nile Street
The only way is up for West Nile Street

The scheme has evolved throughout the planning process in line with feedback from the council
The scheme has evolved throughout the planning process in line with feedback from the council
The scheme will slot alongside a 12-storey mixed use block planned for further along Bath Street
The scheme will slot alongside a 12-storey mixed use block planned for further along Bath Street

6 Comments

Robin B's Discount
#1 Posted by Robin B's Discount on 15 Jun 2020 at 14:15 PM
Is this the existing student halls on Bath Street getting converted to a hotel? I thought they were very popular. Cant see how they'll get more money turning it into a hotel?
Charlie_
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 15 Jun 2020 at 14:51 PM
@Robin: The (very similar) student block is further up bath street on the corner of pitt street. I quite like both myself but they don't seem to please everyone.
Jimbo
#3 Posted by Jimbo on 16 Jun 2020 at 07:09 AM
looks almost identical to the student residences just up the road. copy and paste ?
Viv
#4 Posted by Viv on 16 Jun 2020 at 13:09 PM
Not sure it's that similar the student halls project referenced, save for the clear separation of the lower and upper masses to the Bath Street elevation (different treatment on West Nile Street, completely different materials at lower level too?). This was presumably driven by the planners given that, "The scheme has evolved throughout the planning process in line with feedback from the council"!?
Robin B's Discount
#5 Posted by Robin B's Discount on 16 Jun 2020 at 14:05 PM
Thanks Nr 2 - I actually thought it was the same building. They really are so similar. I'd imagine a letter will be arriving at 3D Reid from the original architect's lawyer any day soon.

For what it's worth, I think it looks great. A nice we placer for the start and end of zones along Bath Street.
nathan wright
#6 Posted by nathan wright on 18 Jun 2020 at 12:19 PM
The Apex Hotel picture perfectly illustrates how to destroy what was once an attractive low rise streetscape leading down into the city centre.

Good illustration of how a planning system that's meant to protect the built environment actually fails it.

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