AN £80million hotel development incorporating Glasgow’s A-Listed Custom House has been completed.
The historic sandstone building, with its distinctive Greek revival frontage, now forms the centrepiece for a complex made up of a 303-bed four-star Clayton Hotel and a 164-bed Adagio Aparthotel.
Artisan Real Estate’s four-year St Enoch Quarter redevelopment project was undertaken working in partnership with the two hotel groups and contractor McAleer & Rushe and was presold to German pension fund Union GMB.
The Custom House had lain empty for more than a decade, had fallen into disrepair and was placed on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register.
The site was purchased by Artisan in 2017 and now the newly renovated Custom House opens its doors as the main entrance to the Clayton Hotel.
Jaco Jansen, Artisan’s chief executive officer, said: “This has been a quite remarkable transformation of a forgotten and untended waterside gap-site into a vibrant hotel quarter restoring the direct link between the bustling heart of Glasgow’s city centre and the River Clyde.
“The two new hotels serve different, yet complementary ends of the market bringing more than 460 new hotel rooms to Glasgow as well as creating some 200 full-time jobs, sending out a powerful statement of intent that the city centre is, once again, open for business.”
He added: “At its heart is the fully-restored Custom House building itself, now providing a grand entrance hall and accessible social spaces open to the public.
“Fittingly, the Greek Doric arches either side of the main building where, traditionally, horses and carriages would pass having settled their taxes, now stand restored and rejuvenated, becoming a pertinent symbol of the renewed connectivity inspired by the regeneration.”