Malmaison bids to transform old student union in Aberdeen

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Luxury hotel chain, Malmaison, has submitted plans to turn a former student union in Aberdeen into a branded boutique, which would mark the group’s second establishment in the city.

Malmaison and Hotel du Vin Property Holdings Group have applied for listed building consent to undertake a number of alterations to the former Robert Gordon University student union.

The group’s plans include alterations to the front and interior of the building on Schoolhill, the installation of three canopies and an extension at the back of the property, transforming the building into Aberdeen’s second Malmaison hotel and brasserie in the city.

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The new boutique would feature 255 bedrooms and suites, as well as a gym and bar and restaurant situated at street level.

The news follows the sale of a portion of the building to Malmaison in December, as the group purchased the university’s Clark building and student union premises.

It is understood that the sale is subject to completion of the contract process, including approval from Aberdeen City Council.

In December, RGU principal Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski said that the prospect of a new hotel in the city centre would be ‘fantastic’ for Aberdeen.

He said: "Schoolhill is a highly prominent and accessible location nestled among the city’s retail and leisure amenities and so will make a fantastic site for a hotel of its kind, helping to put Aberdeen on the map as a sought after tourist destination."

 

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