New hotel for city centre

19 May 2009

by Vivienne Nicoll, Evening Times

A £13 million hotel with over 200 rooms is planned for Glasgow city centre.

Hamilton-based North Ltd today was given the go-ahead for an eight storey hotel overlooking St Enoch Square with shops at ground floor level.

The site, on the corner of Howard Street and Dixon Street, in the heart of the central conservation area, is presently occupied by a three storey, 1970s flat roof property.

The top floors, which have been lying empty for years, were once home to Irish airline Aer Lingus while the ground floor is a Somerfield supermarket.

North Ltd. wants to demolish the existing building and replace it with a hotel with 229 rooms which will rise from seven storeys at its eastern end to eight storeys on Howard Street.

The rear of the building will face on to the historic Custom House in Clyde Street.

Steve Inch, executive director of development and regeneration, said of the new hotel: "The rear elevation, which rises as a backdrop to Custom House, is formed in a simple, grey coloured metal cladding and is intentionally kept as unfussy as possible so as not to compete with the setting of Custom House.

"The site is located within the St Enoch area and the proposed hotel development will make a positive contribution to it in terms of regeneration, mix of uses and overall commercial vitality."

Ed Griffin, project architect with London-based architects Farrell and Clark, said: "It is a wonderful location overlooking St Enoch Square and the developer hopes to have the hotel open in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games."

  • Artist's impression of the new hotel , supplied by Farrel and Clark

Howard Street Hotel
  • Howard Street Hotel