Perth Councillors have given the green light to developers the Seventy Group to turn its City Hall into a five star, three-floor, 32-bedroom hotel, with roof terraces, while retaining the B-Listed building’s famous exterior. Other amenities would include a restaurant, bar, banqueting facilities and outdoor terrace area. A council statement said the move by the development and control committee meant the application was supportable in planning terms. However the council has asked the Seventy Group to prove the project is financially viable. It said, “In light of this decision, the full council will now consider how the developers can be given the opportunity to prove the financial viability and long-term economic impact of their proposal. The application to demolish City Hall will not be progressed until this has been considered.”
The Seventy Group grew out of Wilson Homes, which had been building houses in and around Kinross since 1999. But the diversification into commercial, retail and tourism projects saw the directors create the Seventy Group. The group meanwhile has appointed Edinburgh-based Simpson and Brown, conservation architects, to design the hotel.