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V & A Dundee
 

2017 is a year of exciting investment and redevelopment across Scotland. In addition to recent multi-million pound projects at prestigious venues such as Gleneagles, Fairmont St Andrews and Trump Turnberry, this year will see continued investment in infrastructure and facilities across the country. Just some of the highlights include:

Edinburgh

The Hilton Edinburgh Carlton – an iconic hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town – opened in summer 2016  following an £18 million transformation. As part of the refurbishment, the number of bedrooms increased to 211, complete with executive lounge.  All meetings and event spaces have been revamped and includes a new restaurant and bar concept by Marco Pierre White. 

Formerly The George Hotel, The Principal Edinburgh rebranded in late 2016 following a multi-million pound refurbishment. The renovations include the hotel's 240 bedrooms – a number with views of Edinburgh Castle or the Firth of Forth – which have been transformed and given a contemporary new look, and the nine meeting rooms for up to 300 pax theatre style. 

One of Edinburgh’s newest openings is the 4* Courtyard by Marriott hotel, following a £20 million investment project to transform and extend two Georgian townhouses in the city centre into a 240 room hotel with meeting space for up to 25 delegates. 

The redevelopment of the St James Quarter in Edinburgh got underway in 2016 and is due for completion in 2020 – a huge £850 million development in the city centre with 42,500 square metres of shopping space, premium office space, an aparthotel, a theatre and 138 flats. Plans also include a 210 room five star hotel by luxury brand W Hotels. The city will also see new developments at New Waverley – the area between Waverley railway station and the Royal Mile – which is undergoing a £150m redevelopment including four new hotels, restaurants and shops. 

Aberdeen

Aberdeen’s new £333m conference and exhibition venue is currently under construction. An estimated 2,000 new hotel rooms are expected to open in Aberdeen over the next 3 years, in line with the launch of the city's new convention centre in 2019. To meet the expected accommodation demands of the new AECC, VisitAberdeenshire said the city would be increasing its total number of hotel rooms to more than 5,500. 

Meldrum House is a privately owned hotel with features dating back 800 years and is set in 240 acres of Aberdeenshire countryside.  It completed a multi-million pound extension in June 2016. The venue now offers 28 new bedrooms (taking the total bedrooms to 56) and a new function suite which is able to accommodate conferences for up to 200 pax and overnight groups for up to 50 pax. 

2017 will also see a significant £107 million development at Marischal Square designed to transform Aberdeen city centre. This will be positioned across from Marischal College and will include office space, a 4-star Marriott Hotel, retail space and restaurants. 

Dundee 

Dundee’s major development is Dundee’s Waterfront Project which will reconnect the city with its historic riverside. The £1billion transformation of Dundee City Waterfront, which encompasses 240 hectares of development land stretching 8km alongside the River Tay, is a strategic 30 year project (2001-2031) including Slessor Gardens - a new 10,738sqm ‘Green’ Space for hosting large scale exhibitions and events – and the new V&A Museum Of Design opening in 2018. 

Another highlight in the region is the 5* country hotel House of Turin which houses a new conference hall able to accommodate banquets for up to 150 guests.  The house is steeped in history, built in 1649, and relocated stone by stone to its current site in 1906 and is within easy reach of four Championship golf courses.

Discover other recent developments and new properties available for business events across Scotland:

Borthwick Castle

Crossbasket Castle

Gleddoch

Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow

Dunkeld House Hotel

Cameron House

Stirling Venues