'Ruinous' plan

Architect fumes over ‘grim’ extension plan for hotel

Proposed ‘black box’ on top of Radisson

Plans to extend one of Scotland’s modern architectural gems have been heavily criticised by the original architect.

Maith Design wants to raise the roof of the Radisson Blu in Argyle Street by adding three floors to the landmark building in central Glasgow, popular with visiting celebrities including foreign football teams.

The extension would create an additional 141 rooms, increasing capacity substantially from the current 247.

A separate application proposes alterations to the front of the hotel at ground floor level and the pub becoming a retail unit.

Building owner Pandox said that “an appraisal of the current business model and operation identified the opportunity for expansion”.

The Radisson Blu, which opened in 2002, has won multiple national and international awards for architecture and hotel design and was voted among the top 10 buildings to be built in Scotland since 1945.

As it is: the hotel has won lots of awards (Pic: d2o)

Original architect Professor Alan Dunlop says the new plan “would ruin the hotel” and be “grim indeed”.

He said it “irrevocably damages a highly considered building” describing the rooftop extension as a “big black box” which is “crass, elementary and lacks design intelligence”.

He said: “Commercially I can see why the owners might want it, stacking three floors on top of the existing plan.

“Civically, architecturally, public realm-wise it would be a tragedy – a real loss to the city.”

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