Big hotel plan for centre of Glasgow

Artist's impression of new hotel Work on the new hotel is due to be completed by the summer of 2015

One of Scotland's biggest hotels is to be built next to Central Station in Glasgow.

The Motel One chain, controlled from Germany, has bought the Oswald Street site, between the station and the Radisson Blu hotel, from Buccleuch Property.

Work is expected to begin on the 370-room hotel early next year, with completion scheduled for summer 2015.

Buccleuch Property said the development would create "hundreds" of jobs.

Sandy Smith, from the company, which is owned by the Duke of Buccleuch, said: "When completed, it will offer one of Scotland's largest hotels in terms of number of rooms, and strengthen what is already a very positive story about Glasgow as a progressive international destination.

"Having secured planning permission on the site for an office and retail scheme back in 2007, we put our proposals for developing it on hold during the downturn.

"During this period we were approached by a number of parties interested in the site.

"Motel One proved to be a good fit; working closely with them and Glasgow City Council we agreed a deal for alternative use, which both the International Financial Services District in Glasgow and the city planners have been highly supportive of."

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