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Go-ahead for Aberdeen hospital complex redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary - Woolmanhill / Aberdeen Bill

The iconic Woolmanhill Hospital complex in Aberdeen has been sold by NHS Grampian to local property developer CAF Properties.

The developer has just received full planning permission and listed building consent to transform the A-listed 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 another two B-listed buildings in the complex will be converted into 42 flats.

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

There will also be a range of areas for weddings and private functions which will have the exclusive use of a fully refurbished Central Courtyard to the north, with a garden area to the south.

There are also plans to turn a brick-vaulted basement at the former hospital into a late-night jazz bar. All the buildings in the complex are in a conservation area.

Charlie Ferrari, director of CAF Properties, said: “This deal marks the culmination of four years’ hard work to ensure that we finish with a prime product in this new up-and-coming area of the city.

“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.”

Image credit | Aberdeen Bill