Former chef school and restaurant to be transformed into hotel

Glasgow planners have ruled a five-storey B-listed building in Merchant City can be developed into a 31-bed hotel.

Former chef school and restaurant to be transformed into hotel LDRS

Plans to turn a former Merchant City chef school and restaurant into a hotel have been approved.

Glasgow planners have ruled a five-storey B-listed building on Glassford Street can be transformed.

A 31-bed hotel, with a bar on the ground floor, can be opened on the site.

It had been home to Asian bistro Mamafubu as well as a licensed delicatessen/coffee bar, chef training school and offices.

The application, submitted by Merchant Properties Ltd, said the development would “bring a currently vacant building back into use”.

A planning statement added: “The applicant is looking to deliver a bespoke hotel in this location, by creating a quiet and peaceful environment where guest can relax and sleep.

“The bar will be open to both customers and members of the public, with the kitchen providing food to the bar as well as room service.”

There will be no alterations to the front of the listed building.

A heritage report stated: “The significance of Grade B-listed 61-65 Glassford Street is principally embodied in its historic fabric and overall form as a building constructed in the form of a Glasgow-style warehouse, which occupies a prominent location in Glasgow’s Merchant City.”

The proposals will “result in alteration to building fabric but mainly the removal of modern features”, the statement adds.

A previous application for a hotel on the site was approved in 2008.

By local democracy reporter Drew Sandelands