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March 18 2015

Trump unveils plans for next phase of Menie development
US tycoon Donald Trump has unveiled plans for the next phase of development at Trump International Golf Links, Aberdeenshire, with a series of proposal of application notices for a Covell Matthews designed ballroom and additional hotel accommodation adjoining the historic MacLeod Hosue; including new leisure facilities and staff accommodation.

Announcing the ‘incredible’ plans Trump promised further applications for additional leisure facilities and housing on the coastal site later in the year.

Robert Collier, chief executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said: “On top of the championship links course, five-star accommodation and a new clubhouse opening in May, the plans for a second course, banqueting facilities, infrastructure and a refreshed master plan are confirmation that investment in the site continues to build a valuable asset for the region.”

Trump halted further development work at Menie in 2013 citing fears that an offshore windfarm could blight views but the development is now back in full swing after lead developer Vattenfall announced it was no longer able to finance the project.

Previous phases of development announced for the controversial course include a Covell Matthews designed clubhouse and Acanthus DF penned hotel. The estate has been master planned by Gareth Hoskins Architects.

14 Comments

Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 18 Mar 2015 at 15:14 PM
This is what all architecture should look like!
Egbert
#2 Posted by Egbert on 18 Mar 2015 at 16:55 PM
Ah, I get it now! Superb trolling BC.
Darth Vader
#3 Posted by Darth Vader on 18 Mar 2015 at 17:45 PM
I'm struggling to see what is wrong with this. It's sympathetic and sits very well.
The trouble is....if you produced this as a student project at Uni you would probably get a fail. It is the University education system that is to blame for much of the insensitive architecture we see around us today.
Big Chantelle
#4 Posted by Big Chantelle on 18 Mar 2015 at 21:12 PM
the imposter in post #1 is not me. Urban Realm, you know this.
Big Chantelle
#5 Posted by Big Chantelle on 19 Mar 2015 at 12:51 PM
the imposter on post #4 is not me. Urban Realm, you know this.
Big Chantelle
#6 Posted by Big Chantelle on 19 Mar 2015 at 12:54 PM
#4 is the real imposter! I am the true Big Chantelle.

Have to say I like the extension.
Auntie Nairn
#7 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 19 Mar 2015 at 13:46 PM
It looks like someone sat on it - if you must slavishly copy the existing building then at least get it right.
Dictionary Enthusiast
#8 Posted by Dictionary Enthusiast on 19 Mar 2015 at 14:05 PM
Define Pastiche - this design.
Methilated Spirits
#9 Posted by Methilated Spirits on 20 Mar 2015 at 19:03 PM
Oh dear, somebody thinks it's 'pastiche' - how terrible! Let's copy some modernist building from anywhere in the world instead!
Big Chantelle
#10 Posted by Big Chantelle on 24 Mar 2015 at 08:08 AM
Well said Methilated Spirits in post #9.
Auntie Nairn
#11 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 24 Mar 2015 at 14:56 PM
#9 - if it was a copy of a modernist building, it would still be 'pastiche'. Illiteracy is just as bad as poor design
Big Chantelle
#12 Posted by Big Chantelle on 24 Mar 2015 at 15:02 PM
to Auntie Nairn

You know fine well, being a fully paid up member of the modernist concrete lovin' brigade that the term 'pastiche' is a term used -- derogatorily-- for buildings with a traditional aesthetic. When your clique build stuff copying yer idols -- Corbusier etc, it's called "brave, edgy and forward-thinking'. Even though it's not.



RJB
#13 Posted by RJB on 24 Mar 2015 at 16:50 PM
#3
I'm quite a fan of building in a traditional style but the "turning the corner" into a full height bay window, and the treatment of the patio/base seem pretty clunky
Auntie Nairn
#14 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 3 Apr 2015 at 13:28 PM
to Big Chantelle
Don't pretend to know my likes to further your own blinkered views. Poor design is poor design no matter what 'style' it is dressed up in.
But of course you would know that if you weren't just as biased as the "concrete lovin' brigade" you constantly decry.

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