Four-star hotel to stand as Perth gatekeeper
November 10 2021
Morris Leslie Group has filed for planning permission in principle for a £33.8m leisure-led development at its West Kinfauns headquarters in Perthshire.
Comprising a 150-bed four-star hotel and lodge-style cabins the development will mark the entrance to Perth from the north with accommodation made for a proposed park and ride station as well as active travel links to the city centre.
Situated in the shadow of Friarton Bridge the development will include a museum dedicated to the evolution of transport and vehicles in the area over the past 100 years.
A master plan by ICA for the 10.5ha site sees retail, restaurant and museum elements combined in a single 1,000sq/m building, establishing a public counterpoint to the existing office block under a single pitch green roof to minimise visual impact from Kinnoul Hill.
This will be joined by a larger hotel building pushed deep into the site and angled outward to maximise the grassland landscape to the front.
In a design statement, ICA wrote: "A new Avenue is created as the main public access, offering a route into the site to directly access the hotel, shared parking and the museum, including drop-off.
"The hotel addresses the site entrance, the new Avenue and passing business from the motorway, whilst engaging with longer distance views of the river and surroundings. The museum and office are also visible from the entrance avenue and offer a public-facing elevation onto a new civic space.
"Their interaction creates a mix of more urban external spaces and enables a landscape relationship to be formed with the formal entrance avenue."
A civic space will be formed between the offices and museum in the form of a hard landscaped plaza with seating and planters, doubling as an external display and events space.
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