Celtic Football Club is moving forward with plans to build a hotel, museum, shop and ticket office located near Celtic Park in the Parkhead area of Glasgow.
Celtic FC has yet to submit detailed plans for approval, but outline planning permission was granted by Glasgow City Council in 2017.
According to Glasgow Times, a new planning application was submitted on July 6. The documents attempt to resolve a planning condition provided by the council in 2017.
The council requested that the retail area is no larger than 1,500 square metres and that no single retail unit exceeds 400 square metres, in order to protect existing shopping centres in the area.
Planning application submitted to Glasgow City Council
However, planning consultants acting for Celtic FC have asked for the restriction to be changed to reflect that just one shop dedicated to selling club merchandise is proposed.
“The retail floorspace forms an integral part of the mixed use development – it cannot be separated from the other elements of the proposal, all of which are directly related to the purpose and operations of the football club,” planners wrote in a letter.
According to plans submitted by Glasgow architect Holmes Miller, the hotel design “aims to enhance the works already delivered in the area including the Clyde Gateway regeneration” (via Glasgow Live).
The project will include a hotel with between 175 and 200 bedrooms, as well as a Celtic FC museum, shop and ticket office.
Football clubs developing museums and hotels
The hotel itself will boast a restaurant, bar and kitchen, and a meeting and conference area. The planning application is pending consideration by Glasgow City Council.
Aston Villa FC is also looking to demolish some of its current site, in order to regenerate it “in the near future” with a superstore, museum and hotel, subject to a full planning application.
Aston Villa’s plans came after the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in London, featuring a fully retractable pitch, bars and restaurants, premium experiences, and an interactive museum.