Bloc Hotels to progress central Glasgow development
Bloc Hotels is to press ahead with a new Glasgow development having acquired Dale House on 21 West George Street from Legal & General.
Located directly opposite Queen Street Station, the site has full planning consent to replace the existing 1980s building with a seven-storey hotel and retail space by Norr.
The company said Bloc Glasgow will provide a high-tech, smart hotel that matches the aspirations of the area.
This latest addition to Bloc’s portfolio has been purchased from LGIM Real Assets, a division of Legal & General Investment Management. JLL advised Legal & General on the acquisition.
Dominic Mayes, property director at Bloc Hotels, said: “We are really excited to have acquired this site and look forward to delivering Bloc Glasgow to this extremely vibrant part of the city.
“The property is in a prime location, directly opposite the recently redeveloped Queen Street Station, where the number of people using the station is set to increase by 40 per cent, reaching 28 million by 2030. This is another defining moment in the company’s ambitious growth strategy, as we continue to expand into key gateway locations.”
Craig Westmacott, senior fund manager for Legal & General, added: “Since being listed for sale, Dale House has generated considerable interest from developers, investors and owner occupiers for a variety of different uses.
“Having strategically secured valuable hotel consent on the site, we are pleased to have now sold the asset to Bloc Hotels, who will develop their hotel brand on this important Glasgow city centre location. The sale brings to a conclusion a successful asset management strategy which has generated attractive returns for our investors.”
Kerr Young, director at JLL, said: “Glasgow remains a target location for a large number of hotel operators. We continue to see good traction across the UK from a number of well capitalised new and expanding hotel concepts and are delighted to have been instrumental in bringing Bloc Hotels to Scotland.
“We received in excess of 20 offers for the site and that is testament to the quality of the location and the opportunity it presents.”