Plans have been lodged to transform Woolmanhill Hospital into a 50-bedroom boutique hotel, along with residential apartments and complete with an innovative lighting display.
Award-winning developer Charlie Ferrari, who has helped develop a number of buildings across Aberdeen, hopes to preserve and enhance the hospital site, which includes the Grade A listed Archibald Simpson building.
Mr Ferrari’s company, CAF Properties (Woolmanhill) Ltd, has lodged a proposal of application notice with Aberdeen City Council to renovate four buildings on the site, the location of the original Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The proposals also includes a lighting display in the central courtyard, which will shine a single shaft of white light illuminated with a changing spectrum of colours during the evening.
The application is being jointly made with NHS Grampian, the current owners of the site.
As well as the hotel in the Archibald Simpson building, the venture would see the west-facing Stephen Building, which looks onto the main Woolmanhill roundabout, become a range of 27 one, two and three-bedroom serviced apartments, to be available on a short or long-term tenancy and run by the hotel operators.
The long west-facing Victoria building would be renovated to become 33 two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom duplexes with the archive building to the north being made available for the provision of 11 affordable flats.
Mr Ferrari said: “This is culturally and historically a very important part of the city.
“The project aims to strengthen this cultural aspect and further complement the area which already offers a handsome vista of buildings such as His Majesty’s Theatre, with its award-winning extension, and the Art Gallery which is being renovated and extended.
“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.
It is now surplus to requirements and NHS Grampian was granted permission to close the facility in 1999.
Services have been vacating the building in a phased process over the last two years, with many relocating to the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village.
Subject to obtaining all consents, the redevelopment work could start on the site early next year with completion scheduled for early 2019.