Floating bar and restaurant for the river

07 Jan 2009

A new hotel, which will have a bar and restaurant floating on the Clyde, is planned for Glasgow city centre.

The development will also include a land-based hotel, floating offices and studio spaces.

Glasgow City Council, which owns part of the land on the north bank between Stockwell Street and Saltmarket, has agreed to go into partnership with city-based developer Firthport which owns the hotel site.

A city council spokesman said plans are at a very early stage but the developers are prepared to commit substantial resources to the scheme provided the council agrees to either sell its land or enter into a profit sharing package.

Philip Braat, the council's deputy executive member for business and the economy, said: "This project has the potential to be a key development for both the Clyde and this area of the city centre.

"The area around this site is being transformed and its successful regeneration would provide a link between Custom House Quay and Glasgow Green."

Council leaders are keen to see more activity on the river which each year hosts the popular River Festival.

The only year-round attraction on the river at the moment is The Ferry, previously known as the Renfrew Ferry.

In 2005, The Ferry underwent a complete refurbishment and moved closer to the city centre at its new berth on Anderston Quay, making way for the southern end of the new Squiggly Bridge.

The former ferry now boasts new bars, toilets, a top deck restaurant and a sun deck and its owners say it is now placed to meet the challenge of the 21st century.

Earlier this year a £60,000 campaign was launched to get more people to take a trip "doon the watter".

The Clyde Waterfront Heritage Guide aims to turn the 13-mile stretch of the River Clyde from Glasgow Green to Dumbarton Rock into a tourism hotspot.

The initiative - a joint programme developed by Glasgow City Council, Scottish Enterprise and Renfrewshire Council - seeks to highlight the changing face of the Clyde and the many attractions along it.

Reproduced with the permission of the Herald & Times Group.

  • Aerial view of the riverfront at Clyde Place

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