Malmaison gets go-ahead for Aberdeen University development


Malmaison has now officially been given the green light to transform a former university building in Aberdeen city centre into its next boutique hotel.

The plan, which has now been approved by the city council, will see the Robert Gordon University’s former Clarke Building and student union, turned into a 255-bedroom boutique hotel.

The majority of the rooms will be located within the first five floors of the Clarke building located at the Schoolhill site in the city centre.

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The basement, ground and first floors of the building would hold the reception, bar, restaurant, private dining rooms, lounge and a function room to hold 100 covers.

A gym would also be installed in the basement of the Clarke building, accessed from within the hotel or through a separate entrance on Harriet Street.

A letter, by Daniel Lewis, development management manager at the city council, stated the approval of the plans will also benefit nearby businesses in the city centre area.

The letter said: “The reason(s) on which the council has based this decision are as follows.

“The surrounding area features a significant number of retailers and leisure uses such as bars, clubs and restaurants, which are likely to benefit from the additional visitors which the hotel would attract into the city centre, and (the hotel would also) diversify the accommodation options for visitors to the city centre and help fulfil identified demand in the Aberdeen market for high-quality hotels.

“Granting consent for a change of use in this instance would allow a vacant listed building to be brought back into productive use.”

A Malmaison spokesman said: “We are delighted that Aberdeen City Council has decided to approve the plans for a new Malmaison in the city.”