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Hamilton racecourse in the running for 118-bed hotel

November 2 2017

Hamilton racecourse in the running for 118-bed hotel
ICA Architects are seeking planning consent from South Lanarkshire Council to build a 118-bed Hampton by Hilton branded hotel within the grounds of Hamilton Park Racecourse.

Augmenting existing facilities the hotel will provide guest accommodation for race-goers and takes the form of a rendered linear block with pre-cast reconstituted stone details. Bookended by twin-gabled end elevations under a fibre-cement slate pitch roof to harmonise with the 1926 grandstand.

The use of slate is further extended down the facades to a string course at first and third floor level in order to give the impression of a low eaves height. 

In a statement the architects said: “The proposals seek to offer a hotel that sits comfortably within an existing family of buildings in this parkland setting; presenting a contemporary interpretation of traditional forms, detailing and materials to complement the character of the racecourse’s existing building complex. The orientation of the hotel provides the public areas on the ground floor with direct access to the racecourse.”

Construction of the the hotel follows hot on the heels of a similar venue at Fountainbridge.


#1 Posted by MV on 2 Nov 2017 at 14:08 PM
My first reaction to this was: horror. The fake "pediment" (or whatever it is meant to be) draws your eye and makes you wince...
However, beyond that particular horror, there is a reasonably decent piece of hotel architecture there. The double pitch breaks down the gable and the different compositions (of what are a series of repetitive windows) works well.
As for the render, is it far enough away from the road not to get manky? Don't know. Am I convinced by the reconstituted stone? Not sure, only time will tell.
Well done with the overall massing though, given what it is.
Is the Hampton "motel" sign to appear above the door... that might take your eye away from the "pediment"?
#2 Posted by E=mc2 on 2 Nov 2017 at 20:59 PM
Pretty naff IMHO. Will likely be highly visible from M74 side
Neil C
#3 Posted by Neil C on 3 Nov 2017 at 16:34 PM
Not bad at all, but could be refined further. Not sure what purpose those minuscule side windows serve, but the twin roof gable is smart and I quite like the stone detailing. Agree that it needs some signage to break up the pediment, though.
#4 Posted by Matt on 6 Nov 2017 at 19:13 PM
So apart from the truly dreadful pediment and the pokey wee windows it’s ok right??...these are its defining features, oh and the inappropriate, urban massing and crap landscaping (car park).

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