A MULTI-MILLION pound refurbishment programme has started at one of Edinburgh’s leading hotels.
The five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, in the west end of the city centre, is undergoing a complete re-design of all its bedrooms and suites, increasing the overall number of rooms to 268 – as well as developing an opulent Grand Suite and exclusive “Club Floor”.
Scottish-based Ogilvie Construction is the main contractor for the project. The programme is being project managed by Currie & Brown.
Work started this month (January 2010) and will phased across different areas of the hotel. The first phase should be completed by April, with all the rooms ready by July 2010.
Picture shows an example of the new rooms being created at the Edinburgh hotel; courtesy of Sheraton.
Ogilvie Construction managing director Phil McEwan said: “We were delighted to win this contract and are committed to helping Sheraton deliver its amazing vision for its Edinburgh hotel.
“Ogilvie has considerable experience in the hotel and leisure sector, having worked on everything from budget accommodation to five-star properties like the Sheraton Grand.
“We have just started work on site and aim to deliver the project with the minimum level of disruption to guests. The plans are very exciting and I’m sure the finished product will be fantastic.”
The hotel’s general manager, J P Kavanagh, said: “Over the years we have continually invested in the hotel – including the creation of Europe’s most advanced city spa, One Spa, in 2001. However, it is time to completely improve and enhance the rooms’ product with this sizeable investment in Edinburgh’s largest conference hotel.
“As the economy begins to recover, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa will be in an enviable position, poised to leverage our renovated product and offer guests Sheraton’s signature brand offerings at one of Scotland’s leading hotels.
“We are already starting to see growth in occupancy, particularly in the important corporate market which is very encouraging. We look forward to welcoming both former and new guests as we celebrate our 25th year in the city.”
The company says that guest feedback and staff input formed a vital part of the planning process for the refurbishment programme.
The design of the Sheraton Grand’s new rooms has been undertaken by MKV Design, a leading interior design company which services the international hospitality sector.
The refurbished rooms will feature mood lighting, designer bathrooms and
state of the art technology. A Club floor will also be created on the top
floor of the hotel, providing guests with an enhanced level of service and a “hotel within a hotel” concept.
The Sheraton is also creating an imposing Grand Suite – offering spectacular views of the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
Globally, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has invested $6 billion in a multi-billion global revitalisation effort as part of a three-year global overhaul.
For more information on the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa visit http://www.sheratonedinburgh.co.uk
Ogilvie Construction, part of the Ogilvie Group, is one of the leading building firms in Scotland. The privately-owned business has its head office in Stirling, employs more than 400 people and has an annual turnover of around £100 million. It works throughout Scotland and the North of England.
Find out more at http://www.ogilvie.co.uk
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