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UK – Glasgow gives green light for new casino development

By - 28 June 2013

Glasgow is to get a new casino with plans for a £25m hotel, casino, bar and restaurant complex at the city’s Royal Exchange Square being approved by the council.

The project boasts 96 hotel rooms, ground level and first floor level retail and a bar and mezzanine on the 11th floor.

Local leisure and property millionaire James Mortimer is spearheading the project which will create 250 jobs in the city.

Richard Brown, executive director of development and regeneration services said: “With the redevelopment of St Enoch’s Centre, Buchanan Street at Buchanan Gardens, the ongoing review of the Buchanan Quarter and the evolution of high-end retailing on Ingram Street and the Italian Centre, these developments have collectively enhanced the retail provision and outlook in the city. This proposal seeks to capture footfall between these key retail provisions.

“Whilst the hotel block will be visible from limited local vantage points, in particular, the corner of Ingram Street and Queen Street, its design is considered to be of suitable high quality and will add another layer of urban form as currently exists on the north side of Royal Exchange Square. It will deliver significant benefits to economic growth as well as significant benefits to the wider community which outweigh the substantial demolition and façade retention of the ‘B’ listed buildings at 1-3 Royal Exchange Court.”

A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “A planning application for Royal Exchange Court South/Springfield Court/Royal Exchange Square was given the go ahead today. The Planning Applications Committee granted it full planning permission subject to the conditions set out in the report.”

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