Planning permission has been granted for the UK’s first Vienna House property.

The four-star hotel will be located next to St Columba Gaelic church on St Vincent Street in Glasgow’s city centre.

The property will offer 250 rooms, a bar, restaurant and gym, and will be housed within a new building replacing two 1980s office blocks.

According to a press release by Hawkins Brown – architects for the project – “The building respects the city’s grid pattern of urban blocks, with the structural mass of the building stepped back from the street in order to respect the street views to the neighbouring Category B listed St Columba’s Church”.

The release also states that “Glazed terracotta rainscreen cladding is proposed in three shades of green, set within an articulated limestone frame of double-height bays, making reference to the historic use of ceramics in Glasgow”.

“The moulded terracotta panels work with the articulated limestone grid to create a play of light and shadow across the façade,” it continues.

The building will also be the first to achieve Glasgow City Council’s required Gold Standard for carbon reduction, with air source heat pumps providing low carbon space heating and heat generation for domestic hot water.

Austrian group Vienna House currently has around 50 properties across four brands in eight countries. Last year the group announced it had acquired 17 hotels and two forthcoming properties in Germany and Switzerland.