Work to transform a historic Aberdeen hospital into a hotel is hoped to start in June, the Evening Express can reveal today.
New images also show how proposals to build a boutique hotel and apartments could look on the site of the former Woolmanhill Hospital.
The plans include a 52-bedroom boutique hotel, 27 serviced suites, 30 residential apartments and 10 affordable homes, with a traffic-free central square at the heart of the development.
The plans to renovate four of the A-listed buildings have been jointly submitted by developer Charlie Ferrari’s company CAF Properties (Woolmanhill) Ltd and NHS Grampian, which currently owns the site. Today, Mr Ferrari said he hopes the multi-million proposals will be approved by January.
He said: “Aberdeen is facing problems as a result of Brexit and this will be a fantastic development.
“We would hope this would go to committee in January.
“We have told the council we are looking at a June start as we still have building warrants for example to look after.”
Woolmanhill was the location of the original Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and an operational hospital has been on the site since it opened in 1749.
The Royal Infirmary was rebuilt between 1833 and 1840, in the Grecian style, while the Simpson Pavilion, designed by Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson, is one of the last surviving examples of a pre-Nightingale style of hospital design.
Health chiefs opted to close the hospital in 1999 and services have slowly been moved.
A heritage statement lodged with the planning application states: “The redevelopment of the former Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at Woolmanhill is a site specific response to revitalising this part of the city, in accordance with the aspirations set out within the Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan, the Aberdeen Local Development Plan and the Denburn Valley Development Guidance and Planning Brief.”