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November 25 2021

Five-star upgrade to transform prominent St Andrews hotel

A historic hotel overlooking St Andrews Golf Course is to be refurbished and extended to create a five-star hotel with 51 rooms.

The Scores Hotel was sold to Links Collection Capital and property investors Wirefox earlier this year, who appointed TODD Architects to reconfigure the existing establishment around a five-storey extension to the rear, including a stone and glass entrance with a feature stair connecting to an upper bar and restaurant.

TODD Architects director Andrew Murray said: "Whilst a truly special hotel, it has been subject to a series of unsympathetic and piecemeal changes and additions, leading to many of the lovely Victorian spaces being carved up into awkward shapes with difficult access and many level changes.

"The hierarchy of spaces, dramatic settings and potentially amazing views have been lost. Our aim is to bring it back to its full potential, respecting the existing fabric whilst making sure our contemporary additions sit gracefully within the hotel grounds and the wider conservation area."

Renovations will see rooms enlarged and reconfigured for more upmarket guests and maximise views of the Old Course and the North Sea coastline.

The rear extension will be tucked discreetly behind under a mansard roof with recessed and projecting elements establishing a vertical rhythm. Ground floor areas will include a restaurant and events space with a glazed link connecting old and new elements. 

A stone and glass entrance will announce the new hotel
A stone and glass entrance will announce the new hotel
An existing ground floor extension to the south is to be replaced
An existing ground floor extension to the south is to be replaced

The extension will be finished in buff brick under a metal standing seam mansard roof above a ground floor of reconstituted stone
The extension will be finished in buff brick under a metal standing seam mansard roof above a ground floor of reconstituted stone
The extension will make its presence felt in rear views from Golf Place
The extension will make its presence felt in rear views from Golf Place

4 Comments

modernish
#1 Posted by modernish on 25 Nov 2021 at 12:46 PM
Looks decent. Although "overlooking St. Andrews golf course" is a bit of a stretch. It's very close but it doesn't, in any sense, overlook the course.
What is it recently with projects claiming views that simply don't exist? If you are being generous it's a wee bit too aspirational. A less generous mind might suggest it is heading towards the opposite of telling the truth.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#2 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 26 Nov 2021 at 10:17 AM
Front -- facing the sea not the golf course -- is terrible.

Horrible clash of styles -- it cheapens not only the hotel but the buildings on either side.

The cheeky extension with its "Aberdeen Gate" view is great for the top floor / less good for the rest.
Finlay George McCallum
#3 Posted by Finlay George McCallum on 27 Nov 2021 at 12:24 PM
Not bad, the contrast in styles is interesting
Steve
#4 Posted by Steve on 27 Nov 2021 at 16:06 PM
Frontage is very T.K.Maxx, Princes St

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