RGU sells Schoolhill building to luxury hotel chain

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has announced it has sold part of its Schoolhill premises in Aberdeen.

The buildings have been sold to the Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group.

The university has said the buildings that have been sold include the Clark building, as well as the Students’ Union premises, and follows the sale of its St Andrew’s Street building to the Sandman Group earlier this year.

In a statement, RGU said the sale is part of its “strategic commitment” to move its academic activities to its Garthdee campus. It is currently developing the campus to provide its students with a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment all in one place.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principle of RGU, said: “The sale of the Schoolhill buildings allows us to continue with the development of our Garthdee campus while helping to drive forward the regeneration of Aberdeen’s city centre.

“Schoolhill is a highly prominent and accessible location nestled among the city’s retail and leisure amenities and so will make a fantastic site for a hotel of its kind, helping to put Aberdeen on the map as a sought after tourist destination.”

He added: “The capital received will allow us to continue with the development of our teaching and learning facilities, providing our students with an outstanding educational environment.

“The new facilities will complement the existing buildings at the east end of the campus in terms of their innovative design and style, while providing a leading educational setting for our students.

“The campus will retain its park-like ambience and provide a recreational setting for the benefit of staff, students and the local community.”

The deal follows the sale of other RGU premises to the Sandman Group earlier this year.

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