Donald Trump kickstarts major hotel and leisure upgrades at Scottish golf resort

by Jak Phillips | 08 Oct 2015

US tycoon Donald Trump is aiming to step up the £200m refurbishment of the Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire, Scotland, bringing in a team of constructors and designers to realise his vision for the hotel element.

Trump bought the resort for a reported £36m in April 2014 and has pledged the Turnberry will be ‘a canvas like no other’ when redevelopment work is complete.

To that end, he has hired construction firm ISG to carry out a comprehensive refurbishment of all 103 bedrooms and public spaces within the hotel building, and construct a new 500-person capacity grand ballroom at the world-renowned golfing and leisure venue. Architects 3DReid are responsible for the hotel works and Covell Matthews Architects are the designers for the ballroom.

Working to a brief to create the most luxurious hotel anywhere in the UK, the team will add touches such as large marble bathrooms to every bedroom. The new 6,000sq ft (557sq m) grand ballroom is envisioned as being a focal point of the rejuvenated facility and has been sympathetically designed to blend seamlessly with the original architecture of the hotel building.

Investors have been rediscovering the appeal of European golf resorts, with in excess of €386m (US$491m, £301m) worth of major single asset transactions in golf occurring last year, according to a recent report from global hotel consultancy HVS London. Trump has been a serial investor in the market and is also the owner of the Menie Estate in nearby Aberdeenshire.

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US tycoon Donald Trump is aiming to step up the £200m refurbishment of the Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire, Scotland, bringing in a team of constructors and designers to realise his vision for the hotel element. Trump bought the resort for a reported £36m in April 2014 and has pledged the Turnberry will be ‘a canvas like no other’ when redevelopment work is complete. To that end, he has
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