A huge expansion is planned for a landmark Glasgow hotel on the River Clyde

03 Feb 2007

Evening Times, by Ross McKinnon

The City Inn - right next to the Clyde Arc - wants to build an extra 120 rooms on top of its current 164.

It is expected the extension will be built on land next to the bridge and, if given the go-ahead, will take the form of a tower with views over the Clyde.

There are also plans to provide greater access to the City Cafe restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace which look on to the river.

The expansion of the hotel, which opened in 2000 and sits next to the SECC, follows a £1 million refurbishment of all 164 rooms, which started in January and should be completed by the end of this month.

David Orr, chief executive of City Inn, said: "We are always looking at Glasgow for ways to improve on what is a fantastic site.

"The reason we chose the site in the late 1990s was because it is a landmark part of Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde.

"We felt at the time the river wasn't being fully utilised as an asset to the city and the subsequent development along the Clyde has proven how attractive the area is to investment.

"If we get good weather you are guaranteed 100 people will be out on the terrace within half an hour."

The hotel's planned extension is just the latest leisure boost to the area, with the owners of Finnieston Crane well down the road to housing a restaurant in the crane, as revealed last month in the Evening Times.

A new £60m, 12,500-seater national arena is also expected to be completed next to the SECC by 2009, as we revealed last year.

There are also plans for 1560 new homes in Finnieston Quay along with a hotel and public square.

The planning application for the City Inn extension is expected to be submitted to the council within the next two to four weeks.

The Glasgow development is the latest expansion for the Scottish-based firm which opens a new hotel in Manchester in May.

City Inn also recently announced its first European venture - a £100m 550-room hotel and leisure complex in Amsterdam to be opened in 2010.

 

Reproduced by kind permission Ross McKinnon

  • City Inn and the Clyde Arc

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