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Former East End police station set for £410k hotel revamp

Former East End police station set for £410k hotel revamp

Glasgow City Council is expected to accept an offer tomorrow to turn a vacant east end police station into a thriving new hotel.

Private investor David Somerville,is set to have his bid accepted for the B-listed building, despite not being the highest offer.

Mr Somerville, who has a considerable track record in developing listed buildings, has put forward plans to convert a former police station into one of the East End's newest hotels with a £410,000 investment.

The property was put on the market by City Property on behalf of the council in December 2013, with four offers being received before the closing date of July 31, 2014.

The two-storey red brick and sandstone building was used as the Central Police Station and District Court for Glasgow, until its closure in 2008.

An offer of £525,000 was received from Exchange Court Properties Ltd with plans for a residential development of around 20 to 30 units. However these plans were ruled out after it was revealed a considerable part of the structure would have been demolished.

  (Glasgow City Council)
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Planning layout of the Turnbull Street building

Mr Somerville plans to convert the existing building to form a thriving hotel in the area, but has admitted it will revert to residential use if planning is not permitted.

The committee document revealed it is set to recommend plans for the hotel conversion, as it is set to bring job creation during construction as well as boosting the local economy.

However, Paul Merrick - treasurer of the Bridgeton and Dalmarnock Community Council expressed his strong concerns about the plans.

He said: "We know from previous developments that plans like this can have serious parking issues for the rest of the community.

"The Inn on the Green from a few years ago is a prime example of the impact this could have. I want to stress that we are keen to see redevelopment happen in the area, however we want it to come with local benefits and not disadvantages.

"We were the area most affected by the Commonwealth Games and the refurbishment around that, and we did see our fair share of upheaval - however the number of local workers on jobs like that was not at all relative to the disruption caused."

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"If you look at the new police headquarters in the East End - 1200 jobs are meant to be created there. We feel almost certain that most of those jobs will come from commuters and not our own public," Mr Merrick added.

"Not only that, but an extra 1200 staff of people who are not local will cause further inconvenience for parking in the area.

"We are 100% in favour of change for the East End, but we want it to benefit the people who actually live here, not just people who commute to work and spend their money elsewhere.

"For too long we have seen disruption like this and not enough local jobs coming out of it - that is the foundation of all of our concerns."

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