PLANNERS have agreed that a Glasgow city centre pub, a disused bank plus shops can be knocked down to make way for a 157-bedroom aparthotel.
They have approved an application by Caledon Property Group for a site at the corner of Trongate and Hutcheson Street.
The buildings that will be demolished currently house the Oriental Bar — which is still trading but is in the control of the applicant — and three shop units. The upper floors, which used to be a bank, have been empty for some years.
The frontage on to Trongate will be mainly seven storeys with the corner of Trongate/Hutcheston Street rising to 12 storeys. The remainder of the Hutcheson Street side will be mainly seven storeys with a further five storeys set back from the main elevation.
On the ground floor, there will be three commercial units. The entrance of the hotel will be from Hutcheson Street. The hotel main reception, bar/café and a roof terrace will be on the seventh floor.
A report by planners states: “The proposed development seeks to create a new building which fits cohesively into the existing urban fabric, improve the existing poor public realm and improve the lack of active frontage.
“The scale of the building is significantly higher than adjacent buildings on Trongate but in the context of Hutcheson Street and proposals at the neighbouring Candleriggs site, the scale is reflective of more modern architecture.
“The existing building on site is unlisted being of little architectural merit and offers little value to the wider conservation area.”