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Design Watchdog gives cautious backing to Hoskins' £1 billion Trump golf course

Architecture + Design Scotland (A+DS) has given a muted thumbs up to Gareth Hoskins Architects’ detailed masterplan for Donald Trump’s contentious £1 billion golf course in Menie, north of Aberdeen

Although praising the way the proposed holiday village, hotel and golf club had been incorporated into the the ‘unique landscape’, the Scottish design watchdog said some of the detailed design ‘needed further work’ and that the residential elements and public spaces in particular were ‘as yet unproven as successfully integrated pieces of architecture.’

The report (attached right) is the first to have been made public since Hoskins took on the controversial scheme in December 2008 and comes following the latest design review of the 566 ha scheme in January this year. It is the fifth time A+DS has cast its eye over the proposed development.

The watchdog was keen to praise the practice’s ‘sensitive response to the site and its wider landscape’ as well as ‘the distribution of buildings across the site’.

However A+DS was critical of the early hotel designs and, while acknowledging the scheme was still in development, said it was ‘not convinced the current sketch [reflected] the concepts aspired to in the contemporary and historic precedents shown in the masterplan document’.

In reaction, Hoskins told the AJ: ‘I’m really pleased with the panel’s response to the masterplan and how it has been developed to work with the landscape - that has been the main focus of the work we have doing up to now. A+DS has been whole-heartedly enthusiastic about this.

‘There is also broad support for building a hotel which could be iconic. However the hotel’s exact shape and articulation has not yet been fully developed, so it is not really possible for them to be able to pass any great judgement on it at this early a stage.’

Initial plans show the hotel as a series of terraces sat into the landscape with a tower at one end.

The proposal, which won outline planning for the project from the Scottish government in late 2008, will go on public display at the Udny Arms Hotel, Newburgh later this month.

Previous story (22.02.10)

Hoskins submits masterplan for Trump’s £1 billion golf course

[FIRST LOOK] Gareth Hoskins Architects has submitted its detailed masterplan for Donald Trump’s contentious £1 billion golf course in Menie, north of Aberdeen

These latest images show how the 566 ha scheme has developed since the practice won outline planning for the project from the Scottish government in late 2008.

Lodged with Aberdeenshire Council last week, the masterplan shows a new hotel and holiday homes sitting to the west of the golf course overlooking the sea and what seems to be a denser ‘grid’. Further plans for the residential village, the leisure complex and the hotel will be submitted at a later date.

The proposals will go on public display at the Udny Arms Hotel, Newburgh from March 12-13.

Gareth Hoskins’ latest images of the £1 billion Donald Trump masterplan (February 2010)

Previous story (21.01.10)

Trump secures lynchpin to Hoskins-designed golf course

Donald Trump has won ‘special purchaser’ status over a parcel of land vital to the development of his £1 billion golf resort at Balmedie, north of Aberdeen

Aberdeenshire Council will now negotiate with the US billionaire’s Trump International Golf Links Scotland, which is working with Gareth Hoskins Architects on the proposals, over the sale of the former car park owned by the council at the site. No other bids will be progressed.

The decision over the new status was made at a meeting of the Formartine Area Committee in Ellon’s Kirk Centre. The council said the matter was discussed in private due to financial information over bids submitted by several parties for purchase of the land.

The committee decided that the Trump Organisation should be regarded as a ‘special purchaser’ due to the ‘local economic benefits expected to be generated by the golf resort development’. The development has already been granted outline permission.

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