Landmark hotel plan for city centre wins backing

09 Apr 2008

by William Tinning, The Herald

An iconic high-rise hotel specialising in luxury suites for long-stay travellers has been given the go-ahead by city planners.

Councillors in Glasgow voted unanimously to approve amended plans for the striking 20-storey Staybridge Suites in Jamaica Street, near Central Station, after last October rejecting an application for the multi-million pound project, describing the original design as "ghastly" and "hideous".

It will be the first location in Scotland for the global Staybridge Suites group which already has more than 100 hotels in the US and is expanding across Europe, providing niche accommodation not widely available in Scotland.

It has only one UK hotel at present, in Liverpool but hopes to have a British portfolio of 10 hotels within three years.

Staybridge Suites, which is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, relaunched a bid to create the luxury long-stay suites after architects redesigned the building.

Under revised proposals, black and silver aluminium panels have been replaced by dark red sandstone and granite. The amended proposals were given the go-ahead yesterday by Glasgow City Council's planning applications committee.

Councillor George Redmond, the committee convener, said last night: "The committee passed this application unanimously. This should be a landmark building acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of this part of the city centre. The hotel should be very attractive to people conducting business in the international financial services district."

A spokesman for InterContinental Hotels Group, which owns Staybridge Suites, said last night: "We have been very keen to establish the Staybridge Suites brand in Glasgow. We very much look forward to progressing the project at the earliest opportunity."

Each suite in the four-star hotel will feature a fully equipped kitchen, sofas, wi-fi, broadband and plasma-screen TVs, with most visitors staying more than a week.

The building itself will dwarf much of the city's Jamaica Street, area, including the recently completed Jury's Hotel. With 120 suites it will go some way to meeting the growing demand for accommodation in the city.

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

  • Architect's impression of Staybridge Suites at dusk by Young and Gault