Canadian billionaires invest £20m into new Aberdeen hotel to become next Sandman Signature

The former Robert Gordon University School of Computing in Aberdeen is being transformed into a new hotel as its Canadian billionaire owners invest £20m into the project. 

Now Vancouver-based Sandman Hotel Group has taken over the project, with the building set to become a new 218-bed Sandman Signature hotel due to open early next year.

The property will be the third branded hotel to open in the U.K.

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The Sandman Hotel Group is owned by the Gaglardi family, who have a portfolio of other hospitality businesses including Sutton Place Hotels and the Moxie’s Grill & Bar, Chop Steakhouse & Bar and Denny’s restaurant chains.

SHG’s chairman and chief executive Tom Gaglardi owns the Dallas Stars NHL team in Texas.

Once open, the Sandman Hotel Aberdeen will join the four-star properties in Gatwick and Newcastle, with the group said to be already set on expanding further in the U.K.

SHG said its new Aberdeen hotel was “another flagship development” as it introduces its brand into Scotland.

Director Mitch Gaglardi added: “We have plans to expand further in the UK – we are looking at a number of sites and have a few irons in the fire.

“Our Aberdeen development is a serious investment and will be a legacy property for us, one that takes us into another new part of the UK.

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