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January 7 2009

Hotel in store for department store
Aberdeen City Council have awarded planning consent for the granite city’s latest hotel.

The 100 bed hotel occupies the former Esslemont and Macintosh department store buildings which are being redesigned by Holmes Partnership for C&L Properties.  Historic granite facades will be enmeshed by 21st century glazed extensions providing dramatic penthouse spaces and airy street level atria, enlivened by street level retail space.

This variegation of historic and contemporary produces a dual aspect concoction that retains a traditional aspect to Union Street whilst experimenting with modern styling on Broad Street, balancing the solid intricacy of the older buildings against the light and open interventions.  

Sandy McMillan of Holmes, said: "This is a tremendously exciting project to be part of.  The new development will breathe life back into this landmark corner location of Aberdeen, using a blend of exciting contemporary design with sensitively retained and restored elements of the existing historic buildings".

Charlie Ferrari, of the developers C & L Group said:  "Given Aberdeen's importance as the oil capital of Europe, we feel this development will help stimulate the central zone of the city, particularly at the east end of Union Street. "We have been encouraged that, despite the current economic climate, there is clear support for our proposals”.

Aberdeen has become something of a Home from Holme for the practice with preparations continuing for the Marischal College revamp.
Hotel in store for department store
Hotel in store for department store

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