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Marriott sign-up for Marischal Square hotel

December 17 2014

Marriott sign-up for Marischal Square hotel
Marriott has signed a deal with Aberdeen City Council to tenant a 126 bedroom hotel within the Marischal Square development, with construction beginning in January for completion by summer 2017.

Developed as a joint venture between the council and Muse Developments the new Residence Inn by Marriott will be targeted at the long-stay business and leisure markets with  a mix of studio apartments and one bedroom suites – each with their own kitchen and living room.

Tim Walton, Marriott International's vice president of international development, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the exciting development plans for Marischal Square as we continue to expand our Residence Inn by Marriott brand in Scotland.  The brand prides itself on giving guests everything they need to thrive on longer stays, and we are confident that the modern and stylish design of the hotel combined with the excellent location at the heart of Aberdeen will offer a dynamic hotel experience in the city.”

The Halliday Fraser Munro designed complex will also include 175,000sq/ft of office space, a civic square and a range of restaurants when complete.
A bar, shop, gym and business centre will be included in public areas of the new hotel
A bar, shop, gym and business centre will be included in public areas of the new hotel


#1 Posted by David on 17 Dec 2014 at 11:28 AM
Call me pedantic, but in what way does the bid winning image (image 1) match the 'reality' image (image 2)?

Provost Skene's House clearly not important any more.

This redesign is right up there with some of the worst airport hotels I've seen.

Conned again.
#2 Posted by Stuart on 17 Dec 2014 at 12:37 PM
If image 2 is a true representation on what is going to be built then I think Haliday Fraser Munro need to question their ability as designers... The existing buildings were nicer than that carbuncle!!! Shameful.
#3 Posted by Dom on 17 Dec 2014 at 12:51 PM

I think HFM's ability as designers has been questionable for a long time before this!
Big Chantelle
#4 Posted by Big Chantelle on 18 Dec 2014 at 03:53 AM
Concrete modernist brigade strikes again. I rest my case.
#5 Posted by J on 18 Dec 2014 at 10:00 AM
Its not f*cking modernism Chantelle - its commercial design.
#6 Posted by jack on 18 Dec 2014 at 11:35 AM
As long as HFM monopolise any major project in Aberdeen the city has no hope. Think it's about time the council stop stroking their ego....
#7 Posted by David on 19 Dec 2014 at 10:13 AM

If you want to criticise any other form of architecture other than traditional classical, or gothic, or renaissance, or baroque, or neoclassical, or Scot's baronial, or whatever others are allowed in your highly developed taste club, then at least understand which is which and stop pigeon holing everything as 'concrete modernist'. It just makes you look stupid.
Bill S
#8 Posted by Bill S on 20 Dec 2014 at 14:20 PM
Wow! This is brilliant. I am shaking my head in disbelief at how lucky we are in the North East. To be an Oil Capital of Europe we really need to show other major cities how fantastic concrete, modernist architecture can be, and this really does. It is truly awe inspiring, and I admire the way the designers really ignored the context before plonking the block in it's boring, historical, surroundings. The enormous form is actually quite sympathetic to that existing dilapidated building, in so much as it does not touch it, and the unique use of granite panels and glass will really help light reflect into the created courtyard meaning that on the two days of the year warm enough to sit outside, the place will be packed.

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