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April 29 2015

Plans submitted for 210 bed Aberdeen Hampton Inn
Drum Property Group has submitted plans for a 210 bed hotel on Aberdeen’s Poynernook Road as the second phase of The Grande.

The eight storey scheme is being designed by Cooper Cromar on vacant land for occupation by a Hampton Inn, with the possibility of future development on land fronting Stell Road.

In an accompanying planning statement supporting the scheme Ryden observed: “The proposals continue the opportunity of reversing decline in the area by re-using the site to provide high quality buildings that breathe new life into the surrounding area.

"The site’s context is ever-changing as the area slowly moves away from maritime industries and traditional industrial buildings to newer, smarter developments such as the new office building, the nearby Consort House and Suez House on North Esplanade West.”

The property is being built to address a shortfall of accommodation within the city centre and will be faced in alternating glazing and red coloured alucobond insulated panels, with areas of grey granite.

13 Comments

Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 29 Apr 2015 at 11:59 AM
White render = check
Boxy shape = check
Random clad for added je ne sais quoi = check

A true concrete modernist masterpiece. The stuff of dreamz. Aberdeen, there's just no stopping you.
modernish
#2 Posted by modernish on 29 Apr 2015 at 13:54 PM
air of superiority = check
facile statement = check
use of term concrete modernist although it's unlikely the building will be constructed like that = check

A truly inspirational contribution. The stuff of nightmarz. Big Chantelle, there's just no stopping you.
Big Chantelle
#3 Posted by Big Chantelle on 29 Apr 2015 at 13:59 PM
to post #2

What is your thoughts on the building? Or are you only interested in ME? You see, I comment on the architecture.
CADMonkey
#4 Posted by CADMonkey on 29 Apr 2015 at 14:51 PM
Modernish, Big Chantelle's contribution is actually adding to the architectural debate unlike yours.
Perhaps you could actually explain what the random cladding pattern is for? It seems it's only purpose is to break up the white boxy shape?
moderish
#5 Posted by moderish on 29 Apr 2015 at 16:50 PM
CADMonkey, i think if you want an explanation for the cladding pattern you would be better to ask the architect who designed it. My point was that it is impossible to comment on the quality, or otherwise, of the architecture from a single rendered image but it doesn't seem to stop people having a punt at it!
Big Chantelle
#6 Posted by Big Chantelle on 29 Apr 2015 at 20:31 PM
@#post 5

This is a discussion section to discuss the merits of the architecture as we see fit. These renders are suggestive of what the building is like and therefore up for discussion.

Holler.
Don Diamante
#7 Posted by Don Diamante on 30 Apr 2015 at 16:12 PM
The area is being completely transformed from rundown fish houses and dilapidated warehousing.

In my opinion what Cooper Cromar, & Drum Property for that matter, have done around this area is far better than what the local MaFiarcH are doing elsewhere in much higher profile areas of the city.

Modernist or not, it's better than the rest of the plain old crap that doesn't even make it as far as Urban Realm's pages.

I like this.

Cheers
DD
Arthur Negus
#8 Posted by Arthur Negus on 1 May 2015 at 13:19 PM
#1 "White render = check"

#4 "Modernish, Big Chantelle's contribution is actually adding to the architectural debate unlike yours"

Not really true. There's no white render, if BC chose to have a look at the planning drawings (following the link provided).
Basil Fawlty
#9 Posted by Basil Fawlty on 1 May 2015 at 15:26 PM
#8 Lets not assume 'everyone' can read drawings. ;)
Cadmonkey
#10 Posted by Cadmonkey on 1 May 2015 at 17:18 PM
Well it would be helpful if the architects CGI matched the drawings. The drawings state alucobond cladding and show joints. The CGI has no joints, so looks like and one naturally assumes it is render! The cgi misrepresents the proposal. Joints should be added and it will look quite different. Maybe they have been missed out on purpose.
Ian Nairn Jr
#11 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 1 May 2015 at 19:57 PM
#5 "if you want an explanation for the cladding pattern you would be better to ask the architect who designed it"
I hate that. If it takes an explanation from the architect to decode a facade, then it's a fail. Buildings should be reasonably self-explanatory. Like Zaha Hadid's Vagina Stadium in Qatar - she can explain 'til she's blue in the face that its form stems from a traditional dhow boat, but to the person in the street it's still a vagina.

And this is basically a dull white block with some florid cladding panels to try and jazz it up. No more, no less - a bullshit explanation for it ain't going to make it better.
Ian Nairn Jr
#12 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 1 May 2015 at 20:21 PM
While I'm at it I may as well take issue with the other half of that post..

#5 "My point was that it is impossible to comment on the quality, or otherwise, of the architecture from a single rendered image but it doesn't seem to stop people having a punt at it!"

Cooper Cromar spent time and money preparing this rendered image, made it look its best, and then sent it out to promote and illustrate the quality of their proposal. This is a wannabe's promo pic, showing his best side. I think it's fair to comment on it as that's pretty much it's raison d'etre.
modernish
#13 Posted by modernish on 5 May 2015 at 07:49 AM
feel better now Ian? Good stuff !!

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