Dozens of jobs could be created in Cambuslang as part of a proposal for a new hotel in the area.
The Jahama Group’s £ 15million plan received pre-planning consent from the South Lanarkshire Council and would see a 100-room hotel and leisure complex built on unoccupied land east of the Clydebridge steelworks.
Plans for the site also include a restaurant, cafe, bar and state-of-the-art health club.
The company expects it will create 50 jobs directly through the hotel, with other roles being “indirectly” taken on by development.
A decision has yet to be made as to whether the company will lease the hotel to a third party or assign the management of the facility, health club or restaurant to a franchisee.
Jahama is one of the many companies that make up the GFG Alliance, alongside Liberty Steel, owner of the steel plant.
Managing Director Dilip Awtani said: “We are delighted to contribute to the enormous regeneration activity that is currently taking place in East Glasgow.
“The recent investment in infrastructure and recreational facilities will boost tourism and business activities to the city, create jobs and other benefits for the local community.
“This is why we believe Cambuslang is an ideal location for a modern hotel and leisure center with improved services.
“Our team has extensive real estate development and financing experience which can bring these plans to fruition and advance other commercial real estate developments, using the vast lots of Jahama’s portfolio. For this project, we would also be keen to partner with branded operators in the area or new to the city who can work with us to make the Clydebridge hotel a popular destination.
Sanjeev Gupta, Founder and Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, explained: “We are focusing on Scotland as a key area of investment, already deploying £ 500million in funds, as recently reported in our report on Scottish investment.
“The Clydebridge site was part of our first Scottish investment and I am delighted that the initial investment in the steel sector is also bringing new local opportunities. We recently received approval to build a zipline leisure facility in the Highlands at Kinlochleven, so the tourism industry is becoming an increasingly important part of GFG’s Scottish portfolio.
John Bachtler, the Cambuslang community council chairman, was equally enthusiastic about the proposals.
He said: “We welcome the investment proposals for a hotel and leisure complex in Cambuslang by the Jahama group.
“We are also very pleased that the group, through its agents Strutt & Parker, attaches great importance to community consultation.
“They attended our last meetings and gave a detailed overview of the project and answered many questions from our members.
“It is also good to see that they are organizing an exhibition of the plans and seeking out the views of the community.
“From what we know, the GFG Alliance, of which the Jahama Group is a part, and the CEO of GFG, Sanjeev Gupta, have a strong sense of corporate social responsibility, so we hope that the investment will be good for the city in terms of employment. and training opportunities and other benefits for Cambuslang.
Tara Cowley, Planning Manager at Strutt & Parker in Scotland, said: Public domain and reflecting the heritage of the site.
“We hope this will provide additional benefits to the community for the proposed regeneration projects at Clyde Gateway and we look forward to hearing community perspectives as we move forward with this development.”
A public exhibition is being organized by real estate and development expert Strutt & Parker, who is advising Jahama, this Friday at the Cambuslang Institute, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.