New Bothwell Plaza planned

19 Jan 2007

The European Development Company (Hotels) Ltd purchased the Holiday Inn, Glasgow City West formerly the Albany Hotel, Bothwell Street in March 2006.   Approximately 50% of the bedrooms are well below the minimum size required under the brand standard of the Intercontinental Hotels Group and as such the franchise agreement is to be removed by Intercontinental Hotels Group in March 2007 lessening considerably the viability of the building as a hotel.   The hotel is now approximately 40 years old and, after a great deal of deliberation on the question of refurbishment, it is thought the only way forward is to demolish the existing building and build a new complex.  However, before putting any new proposal into effect, we will first enter into consultation with our existing staff at Holiday Inn, Glasgow City West.

The site is currently underdeveloped and provides a wonderful opportunity to create a landmark mixed use development in one of Glasgow's most prominent city centre sites.   It is proposed to replace the existing hotel with a new 300 bedroom 4 star Holiday Inn incorporating a function suite larger than the existing one catering for approximately 1000 people.   There will be new health and fitness facilities together with a dedicated Conference Centre and Academy.   The hotel would provide facilities at the top end of the 4 star market.

In addition to the new Holiday Inn it is proposed to build a new Express by Holiday Inn providing approximately 275 bedrooms.   The building would be adjacent to the Holiday Inn and together with an office development of approximately 200,000 sq. ft. would create a unique urban Plaza in the heart of Glasgow's thriving city centre.  It would be our intention, subject to agreement with the Glasgow City Council, to name the development "Bothwell Plaza".  The "Express" would provide facilities complimentary to the 4 Star Holiday Inn.   Car parking and service spaces will be concealed below ground level at Bothwell Street.   By providing both a 3 star and 4 star hotel in one location it allows us to offer to the market a wide range of bedroom types and room tariffs.   The new Conference Centre will provide an extensive range of conference and meeting rooms catering for small interviews, Board room meetings, and large scale conferences up to 1000 delegates.   The conference centre would have its own dedicated reception, catering facilities and staff.   It is hoped that a planning application will be submitted to Glasgow City Council early in March 2007.  We believe our proposed conference centre would greatly enhance the existing facilities available within the city and assist in establishing Glasgow as one of the major conference venues in the world.

The total investment by our company in this city centre site would be in the region of £100M and would result in 250 hotel jobs, 1800 office jobs and approximately 1000 construction jobs.

European Development Company (Hotels) Ltd is a wholly owned Scottish company. 

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