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Construction begins on Merchant City 'hybrid' hotel

September 18 2021

Construction begins on Merchant City 'hybrid' hotel

An innovative hospitality concept is to deliver what is being billed as the largest hotel in Scotland in Glasgow's Merchant City by marrying traditional hotel rooms with student accommodation, co-working and co-living spaces.

Drawing everything together under one roof the 500-bed hotel will anchor the £300m Candleriggs Quarter, a 3.6-acre brownfield site being developed as a joint venture between Drum Property Group and Stamford Investments.

The Student Hotel (TSH) is the European operators first UK venture and is to be delivered under a £50m design and build contract by Gilbert-Ash, that includes landscaped open spaces, pedestrian paths and a new public square to bed the category-defying build into its local context.

Gilbert-Ash managing director, Ray Hutchinson said: “... this innovative development in the centre of Glasgow has the ability to re-write the handbook on how student accommodation is constructed."

TSH Head of Development UK, Ilya Tabachinskiy adds: “TSH Glasgow will be Scotland’s largest hotel with extensive café/restaurant, co-working and highly designed open social spaces available to all, visitors and local neighbours alike.”

TSH is expected to open in July 2023 with work on phase 2, a 346-bed build to rent scheme, expected to get underway 'shortly'.

Construction is already well underway
Construction is already well underway
The Student Hotel will frame a newly activated Brunswick Lane
The Student Hotel will frame a newly activated Brunswick Lane


#1 Posted by Roddy_ on 19 Sep 2021 at 02:22 AM
A rather jumbled and pretty dull addition to the street wouldn’t you say? Or maybe it’s the rawness of that particular render? Been sort of used to the soft-focus, haze-dream images of Stallan Brand up till now. I suspect this is a pretty realistic depiction. Ground floor – visually jarring. Very ordinary looking…. and the scalloped terracotta spandrels don’t seem to lift it much.
And the new adjacent public spaces aren’t really public at all, they will be privately-owned , publicly accessible spaces because Land and Environmental Services cannot afford to adopt them; a formerly public street, Brunswick Lane, gets sucked into the private domain. The same has happened in Buchanan Wharf with Tradeston Street, Centre Street and a big slice of the waterfront on Clyde Place. I suspect the same will happen with the dreadful ‘masterplan’ for the St Enoch Centre that someone spent a lunchtime sketching out. Can I invite UR to feature this project and give urban designers everywhere a wee chuckle?
#2 Posted by Roddy_ on 19 Sep 2021 at 14:09 PM
Is this an up to date render UR?
Compare/contrast with the images here...
#3 Posted by Roddy_ on 19 Sep 2021 at 14:19 PM
PS... So over-wrought and over-bearing compared to the understated elegance of its neighbours : an elegance which still shines through despite their battered facades and decades of neglect. If we get them refurbished , I suspect very strongly they'll be the best thing about the Candleriggs project...
The Flâneur
#4 Posted by The Flâneur on 19 Sep 2021 at 16:26 PM
FYI Roddy, with regards to the changes, it’s this amendment to the original planning permission you have to look at:

21/00997/FUL | Erection of hotel (sui generis), including ancillary leisure, gym, event and business space, restaurant (Class 3), public house (sui generis), retail unit (Class 1) uses, together with associated access, landscaping, public realm, engineering/infrastructure works and demolition of unlisted building (amendment to planning permission 19/03663/FUL to incorporate rooftop bar/restaurant/terrace and external alterations). | Site Bounded By Trongate/Wilson Street/Hutcheson Street/ Brunswick Street Glasgow

If you check, there is a Design and Access Statement Addendum which explains the changes.

I’d also echo your thoughts re the indicative 3D sketch model for the St Enoch Centre ‘masterplan’ consultation. UR please feature it!
#5 Posted by UR on 19 Sep 2021 at 20:05 PM
Thanks The Flaneur - Apologies for being so late to the St Enoch party, we'll have an update in the morning.

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