Luxury hotel plan for historic pump house

02 Apr 2008

by Vivienne Nicol, Evening Times

A historic building on the banks of the Clyde could be turned into a luxury hotel and restaurant.

The Pump House, near the SECC in Glasgow, has been run as the museum of the Maritime Trust since 1999.

In 2010, the Trust will move to a new £74million museum of transport, which will replace the Transport Museum at Kelvin Hall.

Glasgow Harbour, the organisation behind a multi-million pound riverside development, wants to buy the Pump House building and turn it into a boutique hotel and restaurant.

The city council bought the building in 2002 for considerably less than the market value, as a condition of sale limited its use to a maritime museum.

But this week councillors will be told the previous owner has agreed to lift the condition, provided they get a share of the purchase price.

Development and regeneration executive director Steve Inch says in a report: "Glasgow Harbour is willing to invest a considerable sum of money in the building to bring it back into use as a potential boutique-style hotel and restaurant."

A Glasgow Harbour spokesman said: "We are in talks with the council over the building's future use."

The Pump House was built in 1877 to produce power to operate the swing bridge at Queen's Dock, allowing the Clyde to capitalise on its position as the world's greatest shipping river.

Anderston/City councillor Philip Braat said: "There are no losers in this proposal because the Clyde Maritime Trust will be incorporated in the new Riverside Museum and the council and the SECC will benefit from the Pump House sale.

"If the building is going to be surplus to requirements then it's better used as a development which will create jobs rather than be left to stand empty."

Dr Christopher Mason, chairman of the Clyde Maritime Trust, which operates the Tall Ship Glenlee, said it would be a real advantage for the organisation to operate from the new Riverside Museum.

He added: "The Glenlee will tower over the museum and the combination of the two will be a tremendously exciting icon for Glasgow."

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


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