Clyde development to include hotel

27 Feb 2007

The Herald, by Gerry Braiden, Local Government Reporter

A landmark location on the banks of the Clyde is being lined up as a luxury hotel and new NHS headquarters.

Work on the site of the former Daily Record building in the shadow of Glasgow's Kingston Bridge could begin as quickly as April if, as expected, it is granted approval.

The site has lain derelict since the 1970s-built former Record home was demolished seven years ago. The city council's Planning Committee will decide today whether or not to give the new scheme the go-ahead.

International office and business developer Akeler is behind the proposal, which could cost between £80m and £90m. The plans show it will comprise of two office blocks of five storeys totalling over 200,000sq ft, with the 10-storey hotel facing on to the Clyde at Lancefield Quay.

The entire development will be constructed on a raised platform, with car parking underneath, and will comprise largely of steel and glass.

It would also be serviced by a new station stop for the proposed Clyde Fastlink, with a station located close to the site, and would link the developments along the Clyde and towards the SECC and Glasgow Harbour with the city centre's financial services district.

According to the developers it will be towards the end of next month before a partner is found for the hotel development, although it is understood the plans are for a four or five star venue.

One of the business units has already been let to the NHS, which is planning to relocate approximately 700 jobs to the site.

Staff at NHS Education for Scotland (NES), which is largely based in central Edinburgh, and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) are scheduled to move to the site as part of the executive's proposal to disperse jobs based in the capital across the country.

The move has so angered public sector union Unison that it has withdrawn from a steering group with NHS management on the issue. The business case for the move has been passed by NHS Scotland and sent to the executive, with a spokeswoman insisting consultation with staff was on-going.

It is also the biggest letting deal signed in Glasgow since 1997.

A spokesman for Akeler said: "The two buildings, which will feature canopies and four-storey atria, will overlook the site's central landscaped area which links the site to Anderston Quay and the Clyde Waterfront. We hope to start on site in quarter two this year, with a scheduled completion date of Autumn 2008.

"In addition, outline planning has been submitted for a hotel on the site; subject to approval on this, we will go out to the market to identify a hotel development partner this March.

In terms of occupiers, we are in discussion with a potential public-sector occupier regarding one of the proposed buildings but cannot provide any further details on this at present."

For decades the neon signage of the Record's building greeted people travelling into Glasgow from the south and west. Despite its imposing presence, the building was never fully occupied.

 

Reproduced with the permission of The Herald (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

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