A NEW £18m bespoke waterfront hotel could be developed close to the River Clyde in the city's Broomielaw.

Mosaic Architecture + Design have submitted a planning application to transform Oswald House and an adjacent vacant site on behalf of HMH One Clyde.

If approved the new hotel, located at 66 to 74 Broomielaw Street, Oswald Chambers and 9 Oswald Street, would be close to Glasgow Central Station and other city centre amenities.

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Alec Knowles, director at HMH One Clyde, said: “Today, there are many vacant plots and brownfield sites along the Clyde.

"Such sites must be reclaimed as viable pieces of urban fabric to prevent unnecessary expansion and achieve Glasgow’s long-term aspirations for a high-quality built environment.

“Redevelopment of this prominent corner site will fill a long vacant brownfield gap and contribute to the revitalisation of the Clyde waterfront.

“Glasgow is anticipating a rise in demand for dedicated short stay accommodation with increased activity forecast in both the tourism/ leisure and business conferencing sectors, which this development will directly address.”

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The Broomielaw has a special place in the history of Glasgow and served as a main city artery long before the advent of cars.

With the development and industrialisation of the Clyde, shipbuilding, docks and trading created a dense urban streetscape along the Broomielaw.

Glasgow’s post-industrial identity crisis severed this connection with the Clyde, and the waterfront was largely abandoned.

Grand buildings such as The Clydeport Building by J.J Burnet still stand, whereas the many warehouses, boarding houses and shops which supported the previously vibrant trade route have vanished.

Neil Haining, Director of Mosaic, said: “The height of the proposed design is five storeys, with upper floors articulated to form enlarged feature dormers referencing those of Oswald Chambers.

“This contemporary interpretation of the traditional roofscape creates interest at high level and preserves the views of domes to the adjacent Clydeport building.”