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Donald Trump clubhouse scheme by Acanthus revealed

An Acanthus Architects DF-designed clubhouse for Donald Trump’s £750 million golf course scheme near Aberdeen has been revealed

The single-storey 1,600m² structure will be built from granite, slate and glass and is described as the ‘centrepiece’ of the Gareth Hoskins Architects-masterplanned leisure resort.

Acanthus Architects DF director Douglas Forrest said: ‘The practice was delighted to win the appointment of clubhouse architects.  We’re extremely proud of the final design we have developed, working closely with Trump and the wider team.’

Sarah Malone, Trump International – Scotland’s executive vice president added: ‘We’ve spent many months refining and perfecting the permanent clubhouse design and will submit our planning application to Aberdeenshire Council in the coming weeks.

‘The grand double height public spaces, with high and low level glazing, provide optimum light and sensational views across the Great Dunes of Scotland and North Sea.  With luxurious Scottish interiors and a full range of services and facilities for golfers and visitors, this clubhouse will be second to none.’

Readers' comments (10)

  • £750m on the scheme. £3.75 on the render.

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  • Neither the render or the scheme are worth it.

    Ah, Scotland...How I despair.

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  • This has nothing to do with Scotland, I think you'll find the majority of architects here think it bizarre, despite the RIAS endorsement.

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  • Did the work experience student produce the photo-montage?

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  • Well, as you know, for a project like this situated on such a wonderful, unique and ancient landscaped
    (now renamed the GREAT DOOONES of SCATLAND)
    all images should be hand drawn.

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  • Alan.

    I am afraid. This has everything to do with Scotland, from the insular, parochial and murky paths of procurement and commission to the fact that Douglas Forrest and Gareth Hoskins are both Scottish Architects, practicing in erm…Scotland.

    As you say our very on RIAS in spokesman Neil Baxter has endorsed the scheme wholeheartedly.

    Need I refer you to the AJ’s recent article on the proposals for Elsick to underline what dreadful times we live in?

    Did A+DS review this proposal? What do they have to say?

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  • These images have just been published, as part of the public consultation required in the run up to making a significant planning application. So it is the first time many of us have seen them and I'd say without exception the opinion, not just of architects, is that the project as presented is brutal pastiche and shockingly insensitive to the uniqueness of the landscape . The other weirder part of this is that the project as presented in these two drawings should be supported so wholeheartedly by the RIAS.

    As for the A+DS, they have not yet commented on the project as now presented but to their credit they have be critical in the past, so I'll look forward to what they will say now.

    As for procurement being parochial, we fankly need a bit more of that in Scotland, so that some of our best Scottish architects (and I would include Gareth in that, of course) can have a decent chance to secure public projects and make shortlists without being the token Scot there just to make up the numbers.

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  • I agree with nuch you say...But

    the best (and worst) of Scottish architects work all over the world not just in Scotland?

    The country is parochial in the worst sense, and we don’t need more of it, be it in procurement or a nationalistic closed shop mentality.

    I do agree however, that since (personally) I have not recently completed six £40m waterfront museums, or any £140m City Gardens my chances on that front are slim indeed.

    Clearly I need to play more golf

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  • Reminds me both of a Victorian tram shed in Knightswood, Glasgow, and of one of those 'asylums' of old, tucked away in various corners of Scotland - except that the tram shed and asylums are architecture, and have substance, whereas this isn't, and doesn't.

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  • With so many decent eamples of Edwardian architecture in existance, this is a bland patiche. What a dissapointment.

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