G1 Group ditch plans for Botanics nightclub

Plans still on for smaller licenced venue

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Following a nine-month campaign by the Save Our Botanics Group and extensive political pressure from MSPs across the spectrum, the G1 Group, which owns a number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the Glasgow area and beyond, has dropped proposals to open a nightclub in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.

The G1 Group, owned by local businessman Stefan King, had intended to convert a disused railway tunnel in the park at the top of Byres Road into a subterranean club, and is still in discussions with Glasgow City Council over whether the site would be viable as a bar.

David Howat, who heads the Save Our Botanics Campaign, told The List: ‘Obviously, Save Our Botanics are delighted that it looks as if Stefan King’s G1 Group are giving up the nightclub part of the proposal, but we are far from certain that G1 will not try to proceed with a plan for a smaller licenced venue.

'I think the Council and G1 failed to understand that the bigger issue here is that the people of Glasgow are fundamentally opposed to the concept of giving parks and gardens to commercial concerns so that they may profit from them.'

Howat said the planned SOB protest on the site, at 2pm on Sunday 30 March, would still take place despite the news, and encouraged anyone concerned about the issue to turn up and show their support.

‘We have already have tremendous support for the Stake Your Claim event on 30th March at 2pm, and we are going ahead with it. If nothing else, it will be an indication to the council of the strength of feeling against commercialization, and a celebration of the power of ordinary people, who have prevailed against big business and unenlightened councillors.’

The G1 Group were not available for comment.


1. SiHunter24 Apr 2009, 6:47am Report

Having surveyed the train tunnel and Botanics train stations in previous employment i can confirm that it is very possible to create a night club/bar in this location without there being any major interference to the park and it's users. The stations can be easily accessible from outside the park perimeter and where the stations are open to the park, sound-proof perspex or glass can be put in place to create a stylish skylight whilst keeping the park virtually noise pollution free. My personal view of the situation is for the council to grant permission for the commercialization of this location but to install strict limitations as to how far the building strays from it's original style. I totally agree that locations of historical value should be restored sympathetically to near enough original condition but i can't help but see potential in this location for a commercial property still withholding it's history.

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