Plans have been approved to transform a historic hospital in Aberdeen into a new luxury hotel in a £10m refurbishment project.
According to reports in the Evening Express, Glasgow-based firm G1 Group are planning to convert four A-listed buildings at Woolmanhill into a 52-bedroom hotel to operate as the second site part of the Scotmans’ brand.
As part of the proposal, the former hospital would be turned into a ‘high quality boutique hotel, with a bar, restaurant, cinema club, plus a range of function spaces.
An old brick vaulted basement area discovered at Woolmanhill would be transformed into a late-night jazz bar.
G1 Group acquired the Scotmans Hotel in Edinburgh in 2017 and is currently carrying out a multi-million pound refurbishment of the five-star 69-bedroom property.
The Group also operates four other hotels in Edinburgh, including the Grassmarket hotel, the Murrayfield hotel, Stay Central and Inn on the Mile.
Speaking at a meeting of the Aberdeen City Council licensing board, solicitor Archie MacIver, representing the firm, said: “The company has been involved in Aberdeen for the last 17 years and has hotel premises already in the city. What’s proposed is something quite different.
“What’s proposed here is the second Scotsman, it will trade under the Scotsman brand.”
An accompanying document stated that the new hotel would be completed to the ‘same high and exacting standard’ as the property in Edinburgh.