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City in line for 2 new hotels

High-rise projects would change skyline (Evening Times)



TWO hotel developments that will transform Glasgow's skyline will go before
planners today. If approved, they will mean massive changes near Bath Street
and the Broomielaw.


Bath Street Investments wants to create an 11-storey hotel and office building
to rise from the ashes of The Shack nightclub.

The iconic Greek-style John Burnett landmark, at the junction of Bath Street
and Pitt Street, which dated to 1855, was razed after a massive blaze in 2004
and has been a gap site since.

Pieces of the building's distinctive pillars can still be seen among piles of rubble
which remain at the location.

The planned scheme features a 150-room hotel, 30,000 sq ft office and shops
at street level.

The original application for a 15-storey mixed-use development was reduced
by four floors after complaints about loss of daylight and privacy from residents.

Charing Cross Housing Association, the New Glasgow Society and Architectural
Heritage Society of Scotland objected to the proposals.

And six letters of objection were received from neighbouring residents and
businesses who focused on inadequate parking, increased traffic congestion
and the loss of views along Bath Street.

One objector said: "The building is more than double the height of 203 Pitt Street
and is higher than the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building and would
adversely affect views towards this building, as well as along the magnificent
terraces of Bath Street to St Stephen's Church steeple."

Another said: "The building is too tall, represents over-development of the site
and is out of proportion with and sympathetic with its surroundings."

The original 216-bedroom hotel scheme designed by RMJM architects was
submitted in January and incorporated an art gallery and cafe, which have
now been scrapped.

The number of rooms between the first and fifth floors has also been reduced
and office accommodation between the sixth and 10th floors cut from 45,000sq ft
to 30,000sq ft.

Glasgow City Council's planning committee is expected to recommend approving
the scheme after changes to the original proposals were introduced in response
to objections.

Plans for a second scheme will also be considered that could see Glasgow getting
its first twin tower development.

Proposals by Edinburgh-based Frasers Property (Brown Street) would see 17-storey
and 13-storey buildings rising from a gap site in the heart of the International
Financial Services District.

The mixed-use scheme, also designed by RMJM, will be made up of two buildings
that will provide 206 residential apartments in one block and a 135-room serviced
apartment hotel in the other.

If approved, the development between Carrick Street and Brown Street would
also feature a business conference, restaurant and gym built on land that would
be landscaped.

The north block would accommodate the flats while the south tower, which is
the smaller of the two, would provide serviced hotel apartments. Secure parking
spaces for 55 cars would be created in the basement of both blocks.



James H
James

Re: City in line for 2 new hotels

Council backs plans for hotels (Evening Times)

PLANS for two new hotels which could transform Glasgow's skyline have been
approved by city councillors.


They gave the green light to a "twin tower" project at the Broomielaw and for
a new hotel in Bath Street on the site of a former nightclub.

Bath Street Investments wants to create an 11-storey hotel and office, as
reported in the Evening Times yesterday.

The site was earlier an iconic Greek-pillared church, at the junction of Bath
Street and Pitt Street, but the building had to be demolished after a blaze
in 2004.

The scheme features a 150-room hotel, 30,000sq ft office and shops at street
level. The second development will see 17-storey and 13-storey buildings go up
in a gap site between Carrick Street and Brown Street in the International
Financial Services District.

One block will be 206 residential apartments and the other a 135-room serviced
apartment hotel. Steve Inch, executive director of development and regeneration,
welcomed the plans.



James H
Wildmacrae

Great I learn more on this site about the Shack site in Pitt Street and I work right next door to it in the Funeral Parlour. The council and the aplicant has not contacted us regarding what is happining on the site .

Dan

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