The Royal Exchange Hotel development is situated within a conservation area in a historical part of Glasgow city centre, with the sites first major development happening around 1842. The basis of the scheme is a 120 000 sq ft new build retail, health and leisure mixed use development linked back to existing leisure facilities with the reinstatement of public realm space in Royal Exchange Court and Springfield Court.
This proposal will transform neglected spaces and disused buildings; it will bring occupancy to the upper levels of existing buildings and life to the streets and lanes. More significantly the development recognizes a major opportunity to create new linkages through the city blocks, which will unlock future redevelopment opportunities.
Glasgow’s rich history of craft and detail can be found displayed within many of the buildings around the development site. This contributes greatly to the identity of the city and its character. As such, future proposals should be aware of this tradition.
The design has evolved from a study of the local urban setting and fabric, including the use of the public square, courtyard and secondary routes around the site. The facade sets up a subtle, respectful dialogue with the surrounding historic townscape in a way that integrates the building harmoniously into its setting.