Plans to demolish homeless hostel to build 70 new flats given go-ahead

The Bellgrove Hotel, originally built in the 1930s to provide accommodation for working men, later became a hostel used to accommodate homeless.

Plans to demolish former homeless hostel Bellgrove Hotel to build 70 new flats in Glasgow given go-ahead Wheatley Group

Permission has been granted to turn a former homeless hostel in Glasgow’s east end into flats.

Glasgow City Council has given the go-ahead for the £20.3m transformation of the former Bellgrove Hotel on Gallowgate.

The hotel, originally built in the 1930s to provide accommodation for working men, later became a hostel used to accommodate homeless people.

More than 50 vulnerable men who were residents of the hotel were offered new homes within Wheatley Group after the site was closed in 2021.

The B-listed building will now be turned into 14 affordable flats, eight of which are wheelchair accessible, after being bought by Wheatley Group.

Key features of the original hotel building will be preserved, including the front and east-facing elevations overlooking Gallowgate and the decorative bands of coloured tiles.

Bellgrove HotelGCC planning portal

A further 56 flats for mid-market rent will be built on adjoining land.

Building work on the 17 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom homes is due to start later this year, with work being completed in spring 2026.

Lindsay Lauder, director of development and regeneration at Wheatley Group, said: “This decision paves the way for a bright new future for the Bellgrove and for the Gallowgate.

“Plans will see us invest £20.3m transforming the building into 14 modern, spacious, energy-efficient affordable flats, while still retaining large sections of the former hotel to preserve its long architectural history.

“By working closely with our partners Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government we’ll also be able to build 56 homes for mid-market rent on the surrounding land and deliver additional much-needed affordable housing in the east of the city.”

The regeneration plans will retain the historic façade. However, the rear elevation and western wing – which are too narrow to accommodate flats – will be demolished, with work expected to start on site by June.

The completed homes will be owned and managed by Lowther, part of Wheatley Group, for mid-market rent.

Mid-market rent is for households who have an income of less than £40,000 a year and have no priority for social rent. Mid-market rents with Lowther start at £459 a month. 

Councillor Kenny McLean added: “The renewal of the Bellgrove Hotel by Transforming Communities: Glasgow partners is the next step of the regeneration of the Gallowgate and paves the way for the transformation of another east end neighbourhood. 

“I look forward to the local community continuing to play a key role of the development of the place where they live.”

Neal Whitaker, project architect from Collective Architecture, said: “The social history of the Bellgrove Hotel is well-known. Less widely recognised is the architectural significance of the building, which is one of only two Listed buildings in the area and one of the handful of surviving Art Moderne buildings in Glasgow.

“By retaining the architecturally significant front portion of the building, this significant landmark will become part of an ambitious regeneration of the area and a symbol for positive change. The new-build block on the brownfield site to the east will incorporate subtle references to the moderne style, creating an architectural dialogue with the hotel building and a strong identity for the development as a whole.”

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