A £25 million hotel and casino has been proposed for Glasgow’s downtown Gallery of Modern Art.
City planners are reviewing the project, backed by property tycoon James Mortimer for a location in the Scottish city’s central Royal Exchange Square. Plans call for retail outlets and around 1,000 square meters of leisure space, including a casino, a spa and other non-gaming amenities, plus a 96-room hotel and lounge and bar space. It would provide 250 direct jobs.
The square is designated a Central Conservation Area, however, and the city is considering the possibility of some A-listed buildings being modified and B-listed buildings being partially demolished to make way for the complex.
Richard Brown, Glasgow City Council’s executive director of development and regeneration, is recommending full approval. “The current proposals represent a very significant regeneration opportunity,” he said.