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October 14 2014
A redundant corner office block in Glasgow city centre is to be given a second lease of life as a hotel under plans submitted by 3DReid Architects for 199 West Regent Street.
The sixties built West Regent House has been sans tenants since 2013 as occupiers increasingly favour new build properties within the city. As such the building has now been sold to Regent Street Hotels.
The new owners plan to strip existing facades from both West Regent Street and Pitt Street elevations to be replaced with a dark grey facing brick and full height aluminium framed windows. Rear facades will be merely refurbished and an east gable facing Blythswood Square painted black.
In their design statement 3DReid said; “The north and west elevations will be fully refurbished with new high quality dark grey facing brick with full height aluminium framed windows at the upper levels which will incorporate a black feature panel. The ground and first floor windows will be double height aluminium curtain walling to give the illusion of height to the street. This will be surrounded by a slim polished granite ‘picture’ frame with a matching stall riser below ground floor level. The ground floor windows will have a frit glass spandrel to further emphasise the illusion of height and a laser cut metal panel separating the first floor windows above.
“A decorative feature entrance with illuminated canopy defines the hotel entrance on West Regent Street whilst on Pitt Street awnings are provided over the windows to the bar/restaurant. Meanwhile a separate entrance to the bar/restaurant is set within a deep recess with decorative panelling and side awnings.”