Victoria’s Nightclub Owners win Approval for £6million Hotel
From the light fittings and crockery … we will be entrenched in its development from start to finish
– Wayner Gardner-Young
Victoria’s nightclub, one of Scotland’s most iconic venues, is set to welcome a stylish new neighbour with the opening of a £6 million luxury hotel.
Sprawling five storeys and boasting 70 bedrooms, the hotel development is being launched by Victoria’s owner Wayne Gardner Young with the aim of dramatically improving the appeal of the area, positioning Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow as an upmarket location to work, rest and play.
Featuring a nautical design theme inspired by the city’s shipbuilding heritage, the as-yet-unnamed hotel and entertainment complex at 98 Sauchiehall Street promises to be the place to be when it opens next year.
Wayne said: “I really want this hotel to be something special, which is why myself and my business partner Volker Steinemann are going to personally handpick every aspect of the interior ourselves.
“From the light fittings and crockery to the signature nautical pieces of artwork placed around the hotel, we will be entrenched in its development from start to finish.
“When you think boutique hotel, you automatically picture retro inspired bedrooms and a similar themed restaurant. We want to move away from that particular trend, and focus on the city’s culturally specific heritage, and that’s its industrial maritime association.
“On visiting Glasgow and studying the architecture, you notice that many of the city’s oldest buildings have great ships set in stone above their grand entranceways. New building designs tend not to have this which I think is a real shame, and it’s something I am keen to remedy.”
All 70 bedrooms will be unique in their own right. Every space will be carefully styled to take guests on a nautical journey. From floor to ceiling windows to superior quality bedroom and bathroom furniture, nothing will be left to chance in order to transform this dream hotel into a solid reality.
The hotel, which adjoins Victoria’s nightclub, will also boast a distinctive rooftop ‘Sky Bar’. This totally unique feature will allow patrons to take in views of the entire city from a bird’s eye perspective, much like seeing Glasgow from the top of a ship’s bridge.
At the ‘Sky Bar’ guests will be able to enjoy coffee, drinks and dinner and have full access to Victoria’s itself, which has boldly moved away from being a typical dance venue, and now sees itself as a chilled style suite, attracting Glasgow’s ‘trendy set’, rivalling venues in Merchant City.
Wayne added: “When we bought Victoria’s back in 2008, we saw great potential in the location itself. It is a short walk from the city’s main shopping thoroughfare and business district and is within quick access to main motorway links. That’s why we were so quick off the mark to submit plans for the hotel.
“At the beginning, we knew we would have a tough job on our hands to turn Victoria’s into a profitable operation. But we were determined and it’s really paid off.
“Victoria’s continues to do very well, and I expect our new hotel to welcome a similar response.”
Victoria’s umbrella brand name, VW Leisure Ltd, has welcomed a group turnover of over £4.2m since 2009. The company’s healthy growth is thanks to well executed business acquisitions in an uneasy market place.
In addition to his nightclub and the upcoming hotel at 98 Sauchiehall Street, entrepreneur Wayne Gardner Young boasts a business portfolio which includes Kaim Park Hotel in Bathgate and the award winning Best Western Buchanan Arms Hotel and Spa in Drymen.
Only last month, the businessman was granted planning approval for a £22million eco friendly theme park in West Lothian, with work scheduled to begin early 2011. The development of the park will provide 100 jobs in the building sector over 18 months, with the view of creating 250 full and part-time positions when the activity centre opens its doors in Easter 2013.
VW Hotels has successfully outperformed similar Scottish based businesses in recent years and Wayne believes it’s all down to investing in people.
Wayne added: “The economic climate, especially in the hospitality industry, has been tough. But I’m a firm believer in taking care of your own people, and as a result, business takes care of itself. I am fortunate to have a great team behind me. By opening a new hotel, I am in a position to add to that team, which is a part of the job I really do enjoy.”
With plans now approved by Glasgow City Council, Wayne plans to start recruiting for expert staff immediately, ahead of the hotel welcoming its first guests in 18 months’ time.
Guests will be able to enjoy a lavish night’s stay at the hotel for just £75 per room.