GLASGOW planners have given permission for a large empty city centre office building to be converted into a hotel with a bowling alley on the top floor.
Yotel plan to turn the Westergate Building in Argyle Street, near Central Station, into a 256-bedroom facility which will also have a fitness suite.
As well as a bowling alley, there will also be a bar and restaurant and an external terrace on the top floor.
A document submitted with the application states: “The Yotel concept is based on first-class air travel, promoting affordable luxury within a clever and compact ‘smart cabin’ experience.
“Designed for a tech savvy and social target market, the hotel is focused on experience and satisfaction, aiming to offer the essentials of luxury — giving guests ‘everything they need and nothing they don’t.’
Established in 2007, the company operates has a number of airport hotels and several city hotels including in Manhattan, New York, Boston and Singapore.
Yotel is expanding rapidly with new hotels under development globally, including San Francisco (2018), London Clerkenwell (2019), Singapore Changi (2019), Edinburgh (2019), Amsterdam (2019), Miami (2020) and Dubai (2020).
The statement continues: “The redevelopment of the existing Westergate Building presents an economically viable opportunity to address the ready demand for short term hotel and leisure accommodation within Glasgow city centre.
“These design proposals will repurpose the vacant office building into development suitable for an international hotel operator new to the city.”
The Westergate Building, which consists of two linked wings, Westergate House and Westergate Chambers, was constructed in 1984 for British Telecom. It has eight floors and two basement levels and provided approximately 77,000 sq.ft of office space
A report by city planners stated: “The upgrading and reuse of this vacant office building within a prominent location, shall contribute to protecting and improving the quality of the city centre.”