The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen has applied for planning permission to extend its building into neighbouring properties.
The former school buildings at 55 – 57 Queen’s Road, were purchased in November 2017 by the hotel’s owners Graham and Gillian Wood and came with planning permission for a significant extension, which would have provided 90 bedrooms in total.
Now the new planning application is on a smaller scale, which it believes is more in keeping with the character of the Category B listed buildings on Queen’s Road.
Its plans involve the demolition of an existing large extension, which will be replaced by a new 14m x 4m addition.
The result will see the hotel’s bar double in size and 22 bedrooms created on top of the 50 that already exist.
The Chester Hotel’s general manager, Stephen Gow, says of the plans: “We’re seeking to replace what we considered to be a disproportionately sized extension for the footprint of the site with a minimal extension to the original building. The plans are sympathetic to the stature and scale of buildings in Queens Road and will, with minimal intervention, knit the fabric of the existing Chester Hotel into the new properties.
“By removing some inappropriate building additions, which we believe are out of scale with the buildings at 55 – 57 Queens Road, we’ll hugely reduce what was the proposed developed area of the site.”
The Chester Hotel includes a fine dining restaurant, private dining rooms, lounge bar, function suite, spa and 50 bedrooms.
It opened in 2014 following a £5m refurbishment programme.