News: 17 October 2018Mixed-use plans submitted for major investment in Scottish town

We have submitted plans to build a new hotel and student accommodation in St Andrews in a project which would represent an investment of £23 million into the town.

The planning application was submitted on behalf of Robertson Property to Fife Council for the site at Abbey Park which aims to boost the local economy and address a clear and identified demand for hotel and student accommodation.

In addition to a 90-bedroom hotel and 100-bedroom student accommodation, the mixed-use scheme designed by our Architects and Landscape Architects will also incorporate a substantial new park which will be around 3,500 sqm.

Architecture Director, Stuart Bishop said: “The proposal has been designed to provide a distinctive mixed-use development in an elegant, responsive and contemporary style, forming a backdrop to a new park set at the heart of the St Leonards area.”

Katherine Mackintosh, Managing Director, Robertson Property, said: “The submission of the planning application is a significant milestone and moves us a step closer to delivering on the ambitions laid out in the council’s FIFEplan. There is a clear demand for a mid-range hotel which will help to encourage people, whether in St Andrews for business or leisure, to visit Fife and help to deliver the Fife Economic Partnership ambition to increase visitor expenditure. Similarly, there are around 4,000 students unable to access dedicated student accommodation and these plans will help to ease demand on private properties and the pressure on rental levels.

“The new landscaped park will be a welcome addition to the town and will be open to all in St Andrews – not just those living in the student accommodation or staying at the hotel.”

Robertson is finalising legal agreements with operators for both the hotel and student accommodation and expects to make an announcement regarding the operators in due course.

Pending approval of the planning application, Robertson aims to begin work on the site by summer 2019 with the buildings operational by autumn 2020.

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