The Invercarse Hotel in Dundee is set to significantly increase its capacity with the construction of 24 new bedrooms, taking the total rooms to 68.
The latest bedroom extension and restaurant refurbishment will cost £1.7 million and has been assisted with a six-figure support package from the Bank of Scotland.
The new wing, due to be completed in April 2018, will boost the Invercarse’s current bed capacity by more than 80%, bringing the total number of beds at the hotel to 159.
The new guestrooms will be constructed by Dundee-based contractors George Martin Builders and furnished by local Dundee furniture makers Dovetail Enterprises. All of the new rooms will have ‘zip-and-link’ beds to allow guests to adapt each room to be either a double or a twin. The new extension will also feature a bridal suite, and two of the rooms will have fully accessible shower and bath facilities suitable for wheelchair access.
In line with the hotel’s Green Tourism and Scottish Green Tourism credentials, the extension will also incorporate rooftop solar panels and feature six easy-access charging points for guest’s electric vehicles.
The expansion follows a call by Dundee City Council for local hotels to increase their guest capacity ahead of the forthcoming opening of city’s Victoria and Albert Museum of Design in September 2018.
In 2015, the hotel’s sister property, Dundee’s Woodlands Hotel, which also boasts a leisure club, received support from the Bank of Scotland to complete a 26-bedroom expansion at a cost of £1.8m. The extension raised the total number of rooms at the Woodlands Hotel to 65.
Gordon Whiting, Director, Redwood Leisure Group, said: “The investment in the Invercarse Hotel will mean that we’re best-positioned to accommodate an anticipated surge in guest numbers as a result of the upcoming opening of the V&A, and ahead of major local tourist events such as the Open Golf tournament at Carnoustie in July.
“Our relationship with the Bank of Scotland goes back over 20 years, and thanks to its support, we’ve been able to adapt to the demands of a dynamic hospitality market.”
Andrew McKie, relationship director at the Bank of Scotland, commented: “2018 looks set to be a year of big changes in Dundee, and the hospitality industry in particular will have to adjust to make the most of the opportunities ahead.
“That’s why it’s so important to provide innovative local businesses like the Invercarse Hotel with the financial support and expertise to drive their long-term success, and a key part of our commitment to helping Britain prosper.”
The Invercarse, which currently employs 50 full-time staff, operates under the Best Western brand and last year saw a turnover of £2.5m.