Plans for new Premier Inn at Pacific Quay

24 Jul 2012

A new 180 bed Premier Inn is planned for Pacific Quay. Lawrence McPherson have submitted plans for the development which includes a restaurant with views across the river and a new public space, linking to Bells Bridge and the SECC beyond.

Lawrence McPherson Associates have submitted a scheme for planning consent for a 180 bed Premier Inn and Thyme Restaurant on behalf of Whitbread PLC at Pacific Quay in Glasgow.

Located on the South side of the river Clyde, the new 6 storey hotel will sit next to the BBC Scotland building and directly opposite the SECC and the 'Armadillo'. The larger Pacific Quay development sits on the site of the former Glasgow garden Festival which was held in 1988. Pacific Quay now is home to the Glasgow Science Centre, IMAX cinema, The Millennium Tower as well as being the new home for BBC Scotland and STV.

The planning application was submitted after an extended period of public consultation in line with the new planning regulations where comments were sought from the public, local interest groups and the users of the neighbouring buildings via meetings and a public exhibition. The feedback and comments received were incorporated into the design submitted for planning consent.

The hotel is of a contemporary design and has been designed to maintain the strong building edge to the river and to provide a transition between the two very different heights of the neighbouring buildings. The Thyme restaurant is faces the Clyde contained within a contemporary glass box with an external dining area adjacent to the river creating a range of dining experiences for guests and to reinforce the active frontage of the building.

The design also provides for a new public space which links Bells Bridge to Pacific Quay, formalising a key pedestrian link from the SECC to the site and beyond.

In line with Whitbread PLC's corporate responsibility programme, aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 26% by 2020, the Hotel has been designed to meet these targets, encompassing low carbon design and specification and incorporating many energy saving features.