The Anchor Line building was designed 110 years ago by Scottish architect James Miller for the shipping company of that name. The building’s ground and basement floors are currently home to the Anchor Line restaurant and Atlantic Restaurant, operated by the Di Maggio Group.
Several original features, including glazed tiles, terrazzo flooring, timber wall panelling, safes and fireplaces will remain, but ISG will comprehensively refurbish all six floors, stripping out fixtures and fittings within the building to make way for the installation of both new mechanical and electrical services and a passenger lift. The contractor will then create 64 studio- and one-bed luxury apartments to a high specification.
Externally, as well as replacing the building’s windows with high-performance timber and metal units, ISG will add a single-storey recessed rooftop extension of steel and glass.
With a portfolio including the Old Course Hotel, Gleneagles, Trump Turnberry and Cameron House, ISG has established a niche specialism in luxury hospitality projects in Scotland.
Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, said: “There is a renaissance in the Scottish luxury hospitality sector, especially in key locations in our urban centres. With limited scope for new build developments, this has resulted in growing demand to adapt and transform existing property assets into high-end hotels. These often-complex conversion projects present significant construction and logistical challenges and this is why an increasing number of clients are entrusting their schemes with ISG.”