Aberdeen luxury hotel plan gathers pace after hospital sale

ACTING on behalf of NHS Grampian, Shepherd Chartered Surveyors has sold the Woolmanhill Hospital complex in Aberdeen to local property developer CAF Properties.

The developer has planning and listed building consent to transform the Simpson Pavilion building into a 52-bedroom luxury hotel. Subject to planning, the B-listed Stephen building will become 27 serviced apartments to be operated by the hotel and a further two B-listed buildings to form 42 apartments.

Glasgow-based hospitality firm G1 Group has been named as the owner and occupier of the hotel and serviced apartments with plans to open the hotel under the Scotsman brand.

James Morrison, associate, commercial agency at Shepherds in Aberdeen said, “We are delighted to conclude this sale on behalf of NHS Grampian, which marks a vote of confidence in the buoyancy of Aberdeen’s leisure sector and a significant step in the resurgence of the local economy, all adding to a recovery from the well-publicised dip in the oil and energy sector.”

Charlie Ferrari, director of CAF Properties added, “This deal marks the culmination of four years hard work with the possibility of another four to follow to ensure that we finish with a prime product in this new up and coming area of the city. We are delighted to have landed the G1 Group as they will produce an outstanding development. I would also like to thank NHS Grampian and Aberdeen City Council for their commitment in resolving an enormous variety of issues over the period.”

Building of the original hospital, to a William Christall design, began in 1740. Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson designed the Simpson Pavilion in 1833.