Dumfries asylum to house a five-star spa resort
December 9 2020
Detailed plans to transform the A-listed Crichton Hall in Dumfries and Galloway into a 5-star hotel have been filed by Edit Architecture.
The former psychiatric hospital was sold by the NHS to Jed and Joanne Clark, owners of Fonab Castle Hotel in Pitlochry, last year paving the way for creation of a spa resort to compete with the likes of Gleneagles and The Savoy.
The application calls for a full conversion and refurbishment the landmark building, located 2.5km south of Dumfries, retaining as many period features as possible while creating 90 rooms complemented by a new build spa.
Outlining their design objectives Edit wrote: "To create a spa within the confines of an existing listed structure would be a huge challenge, one that would require compromises to the layout, design and most importantly to the fabric of the listed building itself. It was felt that the best approach for the creation of the Spa would be to build a new contemporary building that compliments Crichton Hall.
"It is proposed to use traditional materials in a contemporary fashion to the new build element, The Spa will reflect the heritage of the local area, create interest with layered facades and sit positively within the landscape."
A three-storey glazed link will conjoin new and old elements from the north elevation, serving as a mediating structure between the red sandstone hotel and timber clad extension.
Internally Crichton House is in fair condition, suffering only localised water damage and damp, with well preserved features
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