Plan to turn old Aberdeen hospital into 50-bed boutique


Plans have been submitted to transform Woolmanhill Hospital in Aberdeen into a 50-bedroom boutique hotel.

Developer Charlie Ferrari hopes to preserve the site, which includes the Grade A listed Archibald Simpson building and has now lodged a proposal through his company CAF Properties Ltd to the council to renovate four buildings on the site.

The new hotel would take its home in the Archibald Simpson building and the venture would also see the Stephen building become a range of 27 one, two and three-bedroom serviced apartments.

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The Victoria building also on the site would be renovated to become 33 apartments and while the remaining building would be used for 11 flats.

The application is being made jointly with NHS Gampian, who is the current owner of the site.

Speaking to Evening Express, Ferrari said: “All four main buildings are listed and the hotel project, in the Archibald Simpson building, will form the centrepiece of the redevelopment, with special attention to be paid to the central square which is to be redesigned to be free of all vehicles, enhancing the relationship of the hotel to the serviced apartments.”

Construction of the original Aberdeen Royal Infirmary complex began in 1740 and latterly Woolmanhill was used as an out-patient clinic.

NHS Grampian was granted permission to close the facility in 1999 and services have been relocating in a phased process over the last two years.

If given the green light, work could start on the site early next year and scheduled for completion in early 2019.


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