Virgin Hotels plan second site in Scotland

UK: Marking the second international opening for the brand, Virgin Hotels has announced plans for a hotel in Glasgow expected to open in 2022.

Located at 236-246 Clyde Street, the hotel will feature 242 rooms and suites, meeting and event space, multiple dining and drinking outlets, a restaurant, bar, social club and coffee shop, and communal work space.

The project will be completed in partnership with owner and developer Silk Property Group alongside Siggis Capital as the asset manager, architects 21st Architecture, and financial partner RM funds.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said: “Glasgow is a dynamic city with a rich history that is extra special to me as my wife Joan is a proud Glaswegian. Since launching our first property in 2015, Virgin Hotels has established a beloved brand, always ensuring that our offerings embrace and showcase the local community culture for all travellers to enjoy; and this property will surely do the same.”

“We are thrilled to announce this exciting development in the vibrant city of Glasgow,” said James Bermingham, CEO of Virgin Hotels. “Glasgow features distinctive art, music, shopping and much more, making it the perfect destination for our newest hotel. Virgin Hotels Glasgow will possess all of the defining characteristics of our brand, including innovative Chamber (room) design, forward-thinking technology, creative food and beverage offerings and unforgettable entertainment. We look forward to welcoming both locals and visitors to enjoy our unmatched lifestyle experience.”

Richard Diamond, cofounder of Silk Property Group, added: “Silk Property Group is delighted to have partnered with Virgin Hotels an amazing global brand. We fully expect the hotel to become a beacon of activity and showcase Virgin’s ability to bring something different and much needed to Glasgow. With numerous investments in Glasgow, we are so thrilled to bring another incredible project to this energetic city.”

The property will join Virgin Hotels Chicago, Virgin Hotels Dallas, Virgin Hotels Nashville and the recently opened Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. 

Additional openings include Virgin Hotels New Orleans this summer and Virgin Hotels New York City in autumn. Virgin Hotels Edinburgh and Miami are planned for 2022 and beyond. 

The company is exploring hotel and office conversions and ground-up developments in Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle and London.

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