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Work starts on £30m city hotelWork starts on £30m city hotel (© Evening Times)
Work has started on a new £30million hotel in the centre of Glasgow.
One of the city’s first high rise office blocks is to be converted into a 210
bedroomed Premier Inn. It will open in August 2012 and create about 50 jobs.
Whitbread is investing the money on St Andrew’s House in West Nile Street,
which will be the company’s fourth budget hotel in Glasgow.
Britain’s biggest hotel and restaurant group also has Premier Inns in Argyle
Street, George Square and Charing Cross. The latest work will add another
major hotel to Glasgow’s increasing total. There are now 150 hotels, rating
from two star to five star, with a total capacity of more than 11,000 rooms.
Retail units on the ground and first floor at the West Nile Street site are to be
refurbished, while empty units on the second floor will be converted into a
reception area and restaurant for hotel guests. The rest of the 17-storey building
– which was built in the 1960s – will be bedrooms.
Croydon-based construction company Mansell is carrying out the building work
and the programme will include removing and replacing the current cladding
to give it a new look. Callum Leslie, Mansell’s commercial director for Central
Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have secured this contract, which highlights
the company’s ability to secure high level projects in the Central Belt.
“St Andrew’s House has been a major feature of the Glasgow city centre skyline
for almost five decades and we are looking forward to playing our role in renovating
it. I am sure the building will play a key role in the area for many years to
The project is the first office block-to-hotel conversion in Scotland to benefit
from a Government initiative that encourages the renovation of empty properties
in key locations. Whitbread bosses abandoned plans for a fourth Glasgow budget
hotel two years ago because banks were not prepared to release funds because
of the recession.
However, the multi-million pound makeover was resurrected when Whitbread
linked up with Dutch-based global financial company ING to agree a £42m
package for nine new inns to be built across Scotland by the end of 2012.
The West Nile Street project is the largest and most expensive.
nice to see the virgin v symbol in the cineworld is clearer now! lol
The hotel is currently looking ultra open plan just now since they have begun stripping of the cladding might try nd get a pic or two (if I remember to charge my batteries )