Four-star ho­tel is set for city site

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GLAS­GOW is set for a mas­sive jobs boost if a new 300-bed ho­tel gets the green light.

Around 279 full-time jobs are set to be cre­ated if the de­vel­op­ment, which would sit on a brown­field site at the junc­tion of Ren­field Street and Ren­frew Street that has lain empty for 15 years, is ap­proved by the Glas­gow City Coun­cil later this month.

The pro­pos­als, which are ex­pected to bring around £80mil­lion to the lo­cal econ­omy, would also cre­ate around 170 con­struc­tion jobs to build the four-star venue, while “trans­form­ing” the spot into a vi­brant city cen­tre lo­ca­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Thomas Kerr, deputy group leader of the Con­ser­va­tives, said: “Glas­gow badly needs more ho­tel space and this ap­pli­ca­tion would bring more spa­ces for our city. Glas­gow also needs sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment, which these pro­pos­als would bring, and that’s what I’ve been cham­pi­oning since my elec­tion.

“We need to send out the right mes­sage to the busi­ness com­mu­nity that Glas­gow is open to in­vest­ment.

“Stu­dents are also the back­bone of our night-time econ­omy, this site has been looked at for both of­fice space and res­i­den­tial but nei­ther suits. There is no stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion at this end of the city and this area would make sense to have this built here.”

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the mixed-use rede­vel­op­ment has al­ready been sub­mit­ted by ES Ren­field Lim­ited, part of McAleer & Rushe’s Prop­erty Di­vi­sion, while the Dalata Ho­tel Group PLC, Ire­land’s largest ho­tel chain, is con­trac­tu­ally con­firmed as the op­er­a­tor for the ho­tel.

The firm are “keen” to es­tab­lish lo­cal em­ploy­ment part­ner­ships and of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and de­vel­op­ment plan for its staff.

The ho­tel is set for a city brown­field site

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