Scottish council HQ to become boutique hotel

UK: The former home of East Dunbartonshire Council is to be transformed into a boutique hotel.

Boclair House, on Boclair Hill in Bearsden, came on the market in January 2012 for £1.5 million and was bought by Glasgow-based WPH Developments Ltd.

The 1890 Tudor-Gothic building is Grade B-listed and features a castellated tower and arched walkway, in addition to extensive landscaped grounds.

Work is expected to begin towards the end of summer 2013, and will include an affordable housing element. Once operational, the hotel will provide around 34 full-time and 20 part-time jobs to locals.

David Mawhinney, development manager of WPH Developments, said: “The established landscaped garden ground is an important and advantageous feature for the hotel, as we hope that the hotel will attract considerable interest as a wedding venue.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of East Dunbartonshire Council’s Development & Infrastructure Committee, said: “This is an important and iconic building which has a special place within its local community and is really admired by many throughout the authority and beyond. Councillors looked carefully at all bids, taking into consideration a number of issues including job creation and provision of affordable housing as well as looking at offer prices. We have instructed our legal team to conclude the sale to WPH Development Limited.”

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