Mosaic Architecture + Design has secured planning approval to build a hotel on the former Glasgow Garden Festival site.

The Glasgow-based firm noted the Holiday Inn Pacific Quay, a 150-bedroom hotel, represents an investment of more than £18m in Glasgow by developer Pacific Quay Developments.

Mosaic noted the hotel will be operated by RBH Hospitality Management, adding that it will create more than 50 permanent jobs.

The hotel will feature seven storeys with a first floor split between conferencing and co-working space and a top floor "Skybar" offering views across the river to the Finnieston Crane and beyond.

The development team, including Mosaic, planning consultant Gary Mappin at Iceni Projects and Malcolm Pearson, director of Pacific Quay Developments, say the planning approval from Glasgow City Council will "kickstart the recently launched Clyde Mission to use the Clyde to drive sustainable and inclusive growth for the city, the region and Scotland".

Mr Pearson said: “Although situated on one of the prime remaining waterfront sites to be developed in Glasgow, this site has lain derelict for over 15 years."

Mosaic noted the Clyde Mission, led by the Scottish Government, "brings together public and private sector partners to harness the opportunities and competitive advantage of the River Clyde and the surrounding assets to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits".

Formerly part of the commercial dock operated by Clyde Port Authority, Pacific Quay was used for the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988 before being transformed into a business and leisure destination. The area, across the river from the Scottish Event Campus which includes the SSE Hydro, is now home to the headquarters of BBC Scotland and STV.

Neil Haining, director of Mosaic, said: “This development has been carefully considered in response to the site’s immediate context within Pacific Quay and provides the area [with] a much-needed new business hotel of appropriate scale and high-quality materials.

“The overall scale of the development has been carefully balanced with the BBC headquarters to the west and STV Glasgow to the east of the site and completes the last water-frontage site along Pacific Quay."