AN INTERNATIONAL hotel chain is coming to Glasgow city centre.

Canadian firm Sandman Hotel Group has been granted permission to open a new four-star 179-bed Sandman Signature on West George Street.

The scheme will see the redevelopment of the vacant 12 storey Pegasus House, a former office block which has been vacant for years.

The hotel will have two guest entrances – a hotel lobby and main entrance on Holland Street, with a bar and restaurant entrance on West George Street.

“The benefits of this proposal are significant,” a planning report states. “This proposal seeks to provide a deliverable development that will fill a long term vacant site within the city centre.

“It will provide further city centre employment and will serve to activate Holland Street and West George Street, aligning with the objectives of the city in this regard.”

The application was submitted by Northland Real Estate Properties. The company owns the Sandman Hotel Group, which opened their first location in Canada some 50 years ago.

“Since then, they have grown to become an international company with over 50 locations globally,” the report adds.

“In 2011, this award-winning hotel brand expanded into the UK with Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel and Aberdeen opening last year.

“Pegasus House will be their first location in the central belt aimed toward the corporate traveller and families.”

Work will be carried out to repair and protect the Glasgow building’s “precast concrete” facade, which has deteriorated “with visible areas of concrete spalling and cracking”.

The report states the site has immediate access to Junction 10 of the M8 motorway and access to the underground at Charing Cross and Anderston Railway Station.

It is close to city centre amenities and “arguably Glasgow’s Finnieston District with the west end beyond”.

“The new development will help bring people back to the area and reinstate the street frontages.”

A planning application was submitted in 2015 to convert Pegasus House into student accommodation. However, it was later withdrawn