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Go-ahead for St Andrews hotel scheme

8 Feb Fife Council has granted planning permission for the redevelopment of a hotel alongside the first tee at the Old Course in St Andrews.

The hotel overlooks the Old Course (image by Todd Architects)
The hotel overlooks the Old Course (image by Todd Architects)

The Scores Hotel also overlooks the Royal & Ancient Golf Clubhouse and the North Sea coastline.

The scheme, designed by Todd Architects, will be developed on behalf of the hotel’s new owners, a joint venture between Links Collection Capital and Northern Ireland-based property investment company, Wirefox.

Work will now get under way to reconfigure the hotel’s existing rooms and add a five-storey extension at the rear. Todd Architects is working closely on the detailed design with interior design studio, Goddard Littlefair.

Andrew Murray, director at Todd Architects, said: “We are delighted to see this scheme gain approval and are grateful to Fife Council’s planning team for their collaborative approach and the input of the various consultees to ensure an efficient and positive planning process for all parties.

“The Scores Hotel has been in existence since the mid-1930s and we fully understand the responsibility of restoring such an important and well-loved building for the local community and the tourism trade in the area. This is made all the more poignant as this year the home of golf hosts the 150th Open on the historic links of the Old Course and we will continue to work proactively with both the R&A, local stakeholders and the wider St Andrews community as the scheme progresses.”

Joanne McBurney, development director at Wirefox, said: “We welcome the positive decision taken by planners at Fife Council and we are delighted to be able to realise our aim to create a world-class facility to complement the existing offer in St Andrews and the site’s location overlooking golf’s most famous course. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents and community groups we have liaised with over recent months.”

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Todd Architects’ design will see bedroom floors in the existing terrace reconfigured to increase room sizes and give better benefit from the views over The Old Course and North Sea coastline. The rear extension has been designed to be distinct from the original fabric but complement its forms and features.

The rear extension (image by Todd Architects)
The rear extension (image by Todd Architects)

The ground floor will contain space for a new restaurant and a multi-purpose area that can be used for small weddings or reconfigured into rooms of differing sizes for corporate bookings. A predominantly glazed link forms a connection between the original hotel and the new wing.

Murray added: “Whilst a truly special hotel, it has been subject to a series of unsympathetic and piecemeal changes and additions, leading to many of the lovely Victorian spaces being carved up into awkward shapes with difficult access and many level changes. The hierarchy of spaces, dramatic settings and potentially amazing views have been lost. Our aim is to bring it back to its full potential, respecting the existing fabric whilst making sure our contemporary additions sit gracefully within the hotel grounds and the wider conservation area.

“It is a rare opportunity to contribute to the ongoing story of such an important and historic building as The Scores Hotel. Building on our growing portfolio of hospitality and leisure schemes throughout the UK, we have drawn on our experience to enhance and add value to the property with a workable layout and additions that respect the proud history of the site and St Andrews, the home of golf.”

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