ADAGIO Original Glasgow Central has hosted a special launch event to celebrate its one year anniversary with speakers including Adagio’s CEO Xavier Desaulles, the Chief operating officer Jean-Marc Schnell and UK Operations Director Anais Gautier, Glasgow Lord Provost Jacqueline McLaren and Dr Helena Britt from the Glasgow School of Art.
Adagio announced its success in Scotland, now offering 308 apartments across its flagship site in Edinburgh and the new aparthotel in Glasgow, as part of a £9M investment into the city. Adagio Original Glasgow Central has created 30 jobs in the local area and has already seen 23,500 guests come through its doors this year, with 36,000 expected by the end of 2023.
CEO Xavier Desaulles talked through Adagio’s continuing growth; the brand now offers 14,600 apartments across 16 countries, with 1,000 apartments in the UK and plans to double that to 2,000 by 2027. Adagio’s development and ambitions in the next few years include new openings in London’s Whitechapel in 2024 and in Belfast in 2025.
CEO Xavier Desaulles said: “We are proud to increase our offer in Scotland, with our flagship in Edinburgh and our newest venue in Glasgow. As the second player in the UK market, we have ambitious plans to grow Adagio and to develop our portfolio in the UK and in Scotland. Our UK sites include Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, and 3 aparthotels in London. We have exciting plans to open in Belfast and Whitechapel in London. Adagio Original Glasgow Central will become one of our flagships for our development in the UK, showcasing a new generation of aparthotels created by Europe’s number one aparthotel brand.”
With the smart design and home comforts of an urban apartment, facilities and services of a hotel, Adagio aparthotels combine the best of both worlds for city travellers. Adagio Original Glasgow Central also offers shared spaces for guests and locals, including local food, a library of objects, gaming area, co-working spaces and 24/7 shop.
In its first year, Adagio Original Glasgow Central launched the Rennie Mackintosh Rose Competition to honour one of Scotland’s most prolific designers and architects, who was synonymous with Glasgow, and even designed a new building for the Glasgow School of Art in 1896. Adagio invited final year students from the prestigious BA (Hons) Textile Design course to create their own version of Mackintosh’s iconic Rose motif, which was adopted by the city.
Last night, an appearance was made by the two winning students – Emma Hughes and Marie Jennings – whose designs were picked via a social media competition and chosen by Adagio’s followers. Their modern takes on the classic Rennie Mackintosh Rose designs are now displayed at the aparthotel adding more of Glasgow’s city style to the site.
Dr Helena Britt, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Textile Design, who was delighted to partner with Adagio and for her students to meet the challenge of taking a classic design and bringing it to the modern age.
Adagio Original Glasgow Central is the 8th property in the UK. The aparthotel is based close to the business centre and on the banks of the River Clyde. Located within Glasgow Central station and St Enoch’s underground station within five minutes’ walk, the aparthotel is within walking distance of Argyle Street and St Enoch’s shopping centre, as well as the international business district. With 162 apartments & studios, the property will be pet-friendly offering a gym, laundry room and Adagio’s renowned library of objects.