Tourism collapse prompts Bridge of Allan hotel conversion bid
July 1 2020
An application by Bobby Halliday Architects to convert Bridge of Allan's C-listed Royal Hotel into 12 apartments, alongside 14 new build townhouses, has landed at Stirling Council.
These proposals entail demolition of later accretions, retaining only the original hotel and the sandstone east wing. This would free up a significant area of developable land.
In a statement, the applicant wrote: "... it is considered that securing a viable use for this listed building is very much preferable to allowing it to fall into disrepair as has been the case with such buildings as The Ivy Hotel further west on Henderson Street.
"Development in the grounds to the sides/rear of the hotel will not materially affect the setting of the listed building and will have minimal impact on the street scene of Henderson Street. The scale of development is consistent with surrounding buildings whilst the proposed density still allows for garden ground and links to the woodland amenity to the north."
Described as perennially unprofitable the hotel has been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no prospect of reopening, prompting a reappraisal of the site by its owners.