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Renovations with heritage celebrated

Native Glasgow, part of aparthotel group Native Places, has revealed its extensive remodelling project following a £1 million investment for a redesign which pays homage to the building’s rich maritime past and the luxurious aesthetics of 1920s ocean liners.

First opened in 2018, the aparthotel is housed in a historic Edwardian building, formerly the headquarters of the Anchor Line Shipping Company, dating back to 1855. The Premium Studios are the first to be completed, available for guests to book now. Full completion of the remodelling project is set to finish shortly, including the top floor penthouses and a mix of one-bedroom apartments.

Originally constructed in the 19th century, the building is an A-Listed masterpiece with its period features carefully preserved. Native Glasgow’s redesign seamlessly connects guests with the city’s proud maritime history while embracing the contemporary vibrancy of Glasgow, its culture, creatives, and warm hospitality.

The redesign aims to display elegance, warmth, and an uplifting ambiance. Drawing inspiration from the Art Deco era, the colour palette, materials, and furnishings were selected to achieve a perfect blend of classic and contemporary styles.

The latest amenities blend with stylish nods to the past at the Native Glasgow aparthotel

The in-house design team at DRG, led by Jelena Kerr and Carol Ann Lever, incorporated quality finishes such as walnut, marble, and antique brass, complemented by the soft textures of velvet and boucle fabrics. Bespoke furniture, featuring classic shapes and styles, seamlessly integrates with more contemporary mid-century pieces, including custom pendant light fittings and occasional furniture. The result is a collection of apartments that offer a timeless ‘home from home’ feel.

The colour palette is a layered neutral base, enriched with accents of earthy greens and warm orangey rusts. The juxtaposition of botanical and geometric prints, including fabrics from Glasgow’s own renowned textile designers Timorous Beasties, adds personality and pays homage to the city’s unique character. The finishing touch to the redesign is a curated artwork collection that captures the essence of Glasgow’s heritage, including architecture and iconic venues. Showcasing a mix of photography and illustrations by local artists, the collection adds a final layer to the design narrative, providing guests with a visual journey through the city’s rich cultural tapestry. Olivia Immesi, CEO of Native Places, says: “Embarking on this remodelling journey has been a true labour of love for the team at Native Places. Our aim was to create an experience that not only transports guests through time but also connects them with the heart and soul of Glasgow.”

KE Hotels, a growing independent hotel owner and operator, is transforming Hotel Indigo Newcastle. The 148-room hotel was developed from a four-storey office building in June 2012. The renovation project will be complete in the next couple of months.

Since taking over the property in March 2023, KE Hotels has embarked on an extensive £2m refurbishment project planned to upgrade their guest experience and redefine the hotel’s position within the industry and city centre. The ongoing renovations include guest rooms, reception, lobby, and connecting restaurant. The rooms are getting a modern and inviting redesign to create a more homely atmosphere with well-equipped interiors.

Josh Watts, operation and commercial director of KE Hotels, says: “Our vision is to create a boutique hotel where our guests can enjoy a relaxing and modern space suitable for every occasion. We wanted to create an environment that highlights and compliments Newcastle’s rich history and unique charm, as well as involving the brand to play an active part in helping develop the city centre and supporting communities.”

The restaurant adjoined to Hotel Indigo Newcastle is also undergoing a complete renovation and new ownership, opening as ‘Social Bird’, an independent chicken-inspired restaurant.

Meanwhile a £1m refurbishment of Hotel Indigo Dundee, an IHG Hotel, started in February, with the property expected to be open during Easter. This will see the addition of a brand-new, state-of-the-art hotel bar, Eighteen Twenty-Two, alongside the existing Daisy Tasker restaurant, plus a new look lobby and additional guest parking.

The brand-new bar, Eighteen Twenty-Two, harks back to the hotel’s history, marking the date the building first opened as Dundee’s oldest, and at the time, the world’s largest linen mill. The newly refurbished lobby will include co-working spaces with sought after city centre parking, branded coffee, and pastries available to purchase throughout the day.

Inspiration has been drawn from the Art Deco era at Native Glasgow
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