Plans submitted to convert Aberdeen city centre hotel into student accommodation

Balfe Ltd has submitted plans to Aberdeen City Council to convert a city centre hotel into student accommodation.

The firm hopes to change the use of the Travelodge hotel on Justice Mill Lane.

The hotel was built in 2010 to quench demand for guest accommodation in the granite city, however, guest numbers at the hotel have drastically fallen after the oil and gas downturn and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hotel lease will end soon and a new occupier was sought to prevent the building from becoming vacant.

Planning documents state that the existing hotel rooms could be converted into 130 studio apartments with each room expected to have an en-suite bathroom, bed, desk area, kitchenette and dining area.

It is anticipated that five per cent of the accommodation will be fully accessible, however, the plans reveal that additional rooms could be converted if there is a demand for it, The Evening Express reports.

Other facilities expected to be created include an entrance lounge, laundry area, student lounge, cinema room, a gym and a private dining room. A roof terrace will also be available to access from the fifth floor.

Homes for Students (HFS) has helped with the development and will take on the operation and management of the site if it gets the go-ahead.

If approved, it is hoped that the building would be ready for use by students beginning their studies in September 2022.

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