ISG has been awarded the £5.5 million contract to convert the iconic Anchor Line Building on St Vincent Place, Glasgow into a contemporary 64-bed aparthotel for The White Building Development Company Limited, is owned by Mario Gizzi and Tony Connetta.
As Hotel Scotland revealed in April, the entrepreneurs had received planning permission from Glasgow City Council to transform the building and add a roof extension.
Originally designed 110 years ago by renowned Scottish architect James Miller for the eponymous
shipping company, the building’s ground and basement floors are currently home to the award-winning Anchor Line restaurant and Atlantic Restaurant, operated by the Di Maggio Group, DRG, also owned by the entrepreneurs.
Although several original features, such as glazed tiles, terrazzo flooring, timber wall panelling, safes and fireplaces will remain, ISG will comprehensively refurbish the existing six floors and to create 64 stylish studio- and one-bed-apartments.
ISG will also add a single-storey recessed rooftop extension. Sympathetically designed to remain in keeping with the A-listed building, the new steel and glass structure will give guests breath-taking views over the city.
Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, commented, “There is a renaissance in the Scottish luxury hospitality sector, especially in key locations in our urban centres. With limited scope for new build developments, this has resulted in growing demand to adapt and transform existing property assets into high-end hotels. These often complex conversion projects present significant construction and logistical challenges and this is why an increasing number of clients are entrusting their schemes with ISG.”