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Lippe Architects mark completion of £4.5m Meldrum House Hotel extension

June 23 2016

Lippe Architects mark completion of £4.5m Meldrum House Hotel extension
Lippe Architects have marked the first phase expansion of Meldrum House Hotel Country Hotel & Golf Course, Aberdeenshire, to coincide with a re-launch of the practice with new branding.

The £4.5m contemporary extension marries the period hotel to cater for growing demand from guests at the venue, situated some 20 miles from Aberdeen.

Incorporating a ballroom and 28 bedrooms the wing boasts floor to ceiling windows with open views across an 18 hole golf course.
Guests will also benefit from an expanded dining hall and Cave Bar as the owners seek to market the destination to international visitors.

The practice now employs 17 people following a period of expansion driven by the opening of a new office at Albyn Place, Aberdeen.
The new extension uses zinc to marry with local granite
The new extension uses zinc to marry with local granite


#1 Posted by Dav on 23 Jun 2016 at 16:15 PM
What an absolute hideous extension to a beautiful B-Listed building. This could have been such a nicely detailed scheme but instead is another example of the generic detritus that is springing up across Aberdeenshire. I am not saying this from a conservative point of view (Im not Big Chantelle!) - a nicely detailed modern building could have fitted in well, in stone or timber. But glass, white render and fibre cement panels? The conservation officer & planner who approved this should be fired, and the architects restricted to the commercial sheds that clearly inspired this design!
#2 Posted by Yaldy on 23 Jun 2016 at 19:56 PM
Has anyone ever been to the Atholl Palace Hotel? A remarkable building with a truly hideous 70s or 80s extension.
Buff Hardie
#3 Posted by Buff Hardie on 24 Jun 2016 at 10:32 AM
Aberdeen is going to hell in a handbasket.

There's more to come with other significant projects.....
#4 Posted by Terra on 24 Jun 2016 at 13:28 PM
#3 Aberdeen has several big projects, modern buildings, that are being built and they are impressive. And needed to attract business.
As far as this one goes, it's alright. I think they could have done better. One glaring design fault for me is the upper floors wee windows; they don't fit the dimensions of the rest of the building aesthetically in my opinion. They kind of ruin it; if they had two long single or double Windows on each of the upper floors this would look far better. Such as it is.
Islands of sanity
#5 Posted by Islands of sanity on 24 Jun 2016 at 16:09 PM
Enough to make you bite your lippe. Everything goes in circles and this reminds me of some schemes 40 years ago.
#6 Posted by lm on 24 Jun 2016 at 16:26 PM
#7 Posted by JBB on 27 Jun 2016 at 09:36 AM
Wow. That is quite something. Although it does combine the car showroom and budget 1950s American motel look quite well.
#8 Posted by se on 27 Jun 2016 at 12:01 PM
The design completely ignores the original building and surrounding context... You may as well pick it up and dump it on Holburn Street and turn the ground floor into a Co-op!
#9 Posted by Inahuf on 28 Jun 2016 at 23:05 PM
Municipal- but then so is the firm's pedigree. Scarily they've put photos front and centre on the hotels website in the sure and certain hope of scaring off guests and wedding parties, cos everyone wants to have a romantic weekender in something that looks like a 1970's council office block.
#10 Posted by Jon on 29 Jun 2016 at 14:07 PM
Why, when you have this amazing, unique old building that works well as a boutique hotel, would you want to then stay somewhere that looks like the worst kind of airport hotel design?

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