The construction start of what will become Scotland’s largest hotel, set to rise from the very heart of Glasgow’s historic Merchant City, is being marked today by a ground-breaking ceremony.
The Student Hotel forms the first development phase of the much-anticipated £300m regeneration of the 3.6-acre Candleriggs Square site.
The Student Hotel will feature student accommodation - fully-furnished rooms with a private bathroom, workspaces, gym, laundry and 24-hour security, and a hotel with longer stay options - in-room kitchenettes, flexible co-working and relaxed restaurants.
TSH is a pan-European investor, developer, owner and operator of a unique award-winning ‘hybrid’ hospitality concept combining accommodation, co-living and co-working spaces with restaurants, bars, gyms, retail outlets and meetings and event spaces.
The company has launched 15 The Student Hotels in many of Europe’s most high-profile city centre destinations - including Amsterdam, Florence and Berlin.
The opening of The Student Hotel in Glasgow will mark a significant personal milestone for TSH founder and Chief Executive, Charlie MacGregor, who was born and raised in Scotland before setting up the company in 2006.
MacGregor said, “Today marks the first step of what will become Scotland’s largest hotel, bringing with it our pioneering hybrid hospitality model that will introduce something very different and very exciting to the UK market.
'On a personal level, I am thrilled that the first TSH in the UK will be in Scotland and that our brand is finally ‘coming home’. Candleriggs Square, in the very heart of Glasgow’s historic Merchant City, provides us with the perfect location.
'We are very pleased to be active partners of hugely collaborative effort to regenerate this magnificent part of the city centre. We hope this will provide the perfect entry for The Student Hotel into the wider UK market and look forward to progressing our national development.'
The hotel will mark the beginning of the development proposals which will eventually deliver a high-quality mixed-use scheme combining homes, offices, hotels, restaurants and local amenities with landscaped open spaces and accessible walkways, together with a new public square at the heart of the development.