PROJECT BRIEF & LOCATION
The luxury Boclair House Hotel at Glasgow is the latest incarnation for one of East Dunbartonshire’s listed buildings. Its rich and opulent interior creates a magical escape for weddings, weekends and events.
The historic Boclair House has been transformed from a warren of offices into a gracious boutique hotel, venue and restaurant, while the magnificent grounds in front of the house have been retained and developed into a setting for weddings.
Originally designed in the Tudor Revival style, it was built in 1890 in a beautiful red sandstone by the benevolent Buchanan sisters, to serve as a convalescent home for the elderly. It was eventually purchased by the local council in 1960 and used as offices until they on-sold it in 2012. Its new hotel function is the building’s third incarnation and maintains the historic architecture for public enjoyment.
Interior design and architectural company Space ID have returned the building to its former grandeur while shaping it for its new purpose. As host to weddings, conferences, meetings and events, it has full catering and bar facilities and a dozen luxury residential suites. Rooms have been stripped back to the original brick and stone shell before being overlaid with
glamorous new fit-out.
Each residential suite features its own unique design. And the public rooms reference various periods of the building’s life and historic styles popular in Glasgow, from Art Deco to Art Nouveau to French provincial.
Smoked herringbone flooring and engineered oak planks designed by Havwoods are used throughout the hotel, in both the public areas and private suites. Dark and light timbers allow for the wide variety of room designs and characters, and the patterned floor is a distinctive feature in the entry hall, Arran honeymoon suite, and several reception rooms.
The original, rather dark Tudor Revival look is all but gone. In its place, Space ID have crafted a more eclectic and celebratory design aesthetic, creating an opulent and memorable experience for hotel and wedding guests.