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Building will change colour

‘Chameleon’ hotel planned for banks of River Clyde

Radisson RedGlasgow’s Armadillo may soon have a chameleon for company. Plans have been unveiled for a Radisson hotel close to the concert and events venue that will change colour in reaction to natural light.

The 176-bed 4-star hotel will be owned by Forrest Hotels, a subsidiary of Glasgow-based Forrest Group, but run by the Radisson Group. It will create 60 jobs and have 78 parking spaces, bar, restaurant, gallery, gym and event spaces.

The developer also plans to install two state-of-the-art digital screens on the building to promote forthcoming events at nearby venues.

ADF Architects say the 10-storey Radisson Red will help service the events venues in the area such as the Clyde Auditorium (known as the Armadillo), the SSE Hydro and SECC and that it will appear to change colour in different light conditions.

If planning permission is granted work will begin early in 2016 with the hotel scheduled to open by September 2017.

Forrest Group chief executive Chris Trainer said: “This is the group’s first venture into the hotel sector and we will be very much involved in all aspects of the building and ongoing management of the hotel and are very excited to be working with our excellent partner Carlson Rezidor [Radisson parent company].

“Carlson Rezidor has a wonderful track record in hotel management and that was one of the reasons we chose them. The project is one we, as a group, are very excited and optimistic about. It will also be a major economic contributor to the city.”

Elie Younes, executive vice president & chief development officer of Rezidor, said: “The Radisson Red Hotel Glasgow will be a flagship and strengthen the brand’s strategic roll-out across the globe.”

Radisson Red is planning to build more than 60 hotels worldwide by 2020.

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