Hotel jobs boost

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The firm which plans to turn one of Bearsden’s most iconic buildings into a boutique hotel says the business will provide 50 new full and part-time jobs.

The impressive former East Dunbartonshire Council office building - Boclair House, at the bottom of Boclair Road - was put up for sale in January 2012 for £1.5 million and bought by WPH Developments Limited/Westpoint Homes the following year.

The magnificent red sandstone Tudor Gothic mansion, which is Category B listed, has been a local landmark and an aesthetic treasure since it was built by the Buchanan sisters of Bellfield in 1890.

The developers plan to build nine homes - four, five and six bedroom luxury detached homes - on the site to the rear of Boclair House, while the house will be converted into a boutique hotel, subject to final planning 

The hotel will be run by the Manorview Hotel and Leisure Group which already operates six boutique hotels across Scotland’s central belt, and they expect it to open in late summer next year.

A spokesperson for Manorview Hotel and Leisure Group, said: “Boclair House will be redeveloped to the highest standards and will become an iconic venue for East Dunbartonshire.

“There will be 50 new full and part-time jobs created and we believe Boclair House Hotel will become a facility which the local community will be very proud of.”

However, the plans have faced some opposition from local people who are concerned about pedestrian safety, the loss of trees, noise, the height of the houses and loss of privacy in their own homes.

But Stephen Cullis, chairman of Westpoint Homes, defended their plans.

He said: “Our company has a development track record in East Dunbartonshire. We 
recently undertook a successful development at Scotus 
College, Bearsden.

“We intend to ensure that the Boclair House site continues to boast its maximum possible number of trees and that traffic disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.”