The Radisson group spotted a hole in the market, namely a lack of high quality hotels within the city, and decided to move on the opportunity. However, what was originally conceived as a five star hotel ultimately became a four star deluxe.
The characteristic copper screen that faces out onto Argyle Street was seen as a method of keeping within the height and tradition of one of Glasgow’s oldest thoroughfares, a visual trick which could allow the hotel to be built higher while not appearing so. Copper was used due to its proliferance within Glasgow; it is a material that was commonly used when building churches, as well as a number of statues around the city. The screen is connected to the monolithic slate building via a glass atrium, forming an internal street that contains the reception as well as bars and restaurants.