A new accommodation plan has been submitted in St Andrews worth £23 million, which includes a 100-bed student accommodation property, a 90-bed hotel, and a 3,500 square-metre park.
The construction will be in Abbey Park and the company who have submitted the plans, Robertson Property, is one of the largest independently-owned construction companies operating throughout the UK.
They claim the plans are an investment into the economy of St Andrews and a response to the demand for hotel and student accommodation in the town.
Katherine Mackintosh, the managing director of Robertson, said, “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 park, which will be similar in scale to St Mary’s Quad, will be open to all in St Andrews, not just those living in the development.
Robertson say that the park was included based on feedback from the local community to create a green space as part of the development.
Ms Mackintosh stated, “We remain fully committed to engaging with the local community and look forward to providing updates as these plans progress.”
If the planning application is approved, Robertson aims to begin work on the project by Summer 2019, with the buildings finished and operational by Autumn 2020.
NB: This is a revised version of our original article, with the inaccuracies in our initial report now removed.