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First look inside Donald Trump’s £100m Turnberry golf club

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The AJ takes a look inside the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recently completed renovation of Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland

The £100 million project, which was completed this summer, was overseen by 3DReid in collaboration with conservation specialist Peter Drummond Architects and Covell Matthews Architects.

Trump, who bought the club in South Ayrshire for around £32 million in 2014, asked the design team to update the 1904 hotel (by James Miller) and remodel 103 guest rooms as well as the bars, restaurants and ballroom.  

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The 1878 Turnberry Lighthouse has also been fully restored and converted by Peter Drummond Architects into a £3,500-per-night two-bedroom presidential suite.

A spokesman for Turnberry said that guests could ’expect an opulent and very private experience at Trump Turnberry’ and that ’no request would be too great and no detail too small’.

Turnberry is not the only Scottish golf club on the books of the tycoon’s company, the Trump Organisation. He also owns Trump International Golf Links at Menie, near Aberdeen.

However an ambitious £1 billion expansion plan for the course, originally masterplanned by Gareth Hoskins eight years ago (see AJ 18.12.08), has stalled.

Trump halted progress on the scheme following a row over a proposed £33.3 million offshore wind farm in 2012 (AJ 19.01.12), although Covell Matthews Architects continues to work on an extension to the B-listed MacLeod House at the heart of the course.

Last night, during a presidential head-to-head with the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump was again grilled over his failure to pay US architect Andrew Tesoro for his work on a clubhouse in Westchester, NY (see Astragal).

Clinton said: ’I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald.’

Trump, who is reported to have eventually paid up after reducing the fee by around 20 per cent, replied: ’Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.’

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Turnberry golf club lighthouse: Designed by Peter Drummond Architects

Project data

Location: South Ayrshire Coastline in Turnberry, Scotland
Type of project: Full refurbishment of 103 bedrooms as well as all corridors and public areas (restaurants, bars, etc) as well as a building a new ballroom facility for more than 600 people
Client: SLC Turnberry (Trump Organisation - owner)
Architect: Hotel by 3DReid Architects and Peter Drummond Architects (PDA acted as heritage consultant due to the building being a B-listed historical building)
Ballroom: Covell Matthews Architects
Landscape architect: in-house Trump project team
Planning consultant: 3DReid and Peter Drummond handled planning and Listed Building Consent (part of planning)
Structural engineer: Robertson Eadie Structural
M&E consultant: Arthur McKay Building Support Services (design and build contractors) and Arup Scotland (on Lighthouse)
Quantity surveyor: Hardies Property and Construction Consultants
Planning supervisor: in house (Trump Team/architects)
Lighting consultant: Arthur McKay Building Support Services / Chandeliers and architectural lighting chosen by the Trump family themselves
Main contractor: ISG Construction Scotland
Funding: Self-funded by SLC Turnberry (Trump Organisation)
Tender date: 6 July 2015
Start on site date: 6 October 2015
Completion date: 1 June 2016
Contract duration: 239 days, or 34 weeks
Gross internal floor area: Unavailable
Form of contract and/or procurement: Scottish Building Conditions Contract – standard Scottish form of contact
Total cost: Part of a £200 million investment being made into the resort by the Trump Organisation

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