New hotel for Montrose?

Will the building rise like a phoenix from the flames to become a hotel?
Will the building rise like a phoenix from the flames to become a hotel?

A planning application has been lodged with Angus Council to convert the derelict Chapel Works building into a modern 60 bedroom hotel, aimed at the contemporary market.

The B-listed building, constructed in 1795, has had a chequered history, firstly as a mill for over a century, then becoming a bond for whisky and rum blenders, George Morton and sons, before finally closing its doors as a place of work in 1999.

It has since deteriorated in condition and is in a very poor state of repair, overlooking a redeveloped site to the rear, containing 68 housing units of mixed type.

The new building will provide accommodation over three floors and will cover an area of approximately 1500 square metres. George Martin Builders, from Dundee, are the contractor/developers of the site and are the clients of chartered architects Arktx who have submitted the plans for the proposed development.

We spoke to Fraser Middleton of Arktx, who is full of enthusiasm for a project he sees as being of great benefit to Montrose. He told us: “This is a really exciting development of an accommodation-only hotel. We will retain the original facade on Eastern Avenue, with its distinctive arch, and re-develop the other dilapidated parts, which have become something of an eyesore to the neighbouring houses.

The hotel should bring much-needed employment to the town and provide accommodation for tourists and oil and gas workers alike, something there is a definite market for within Montrose and the North Angus area.”

Mr Middleton also explained that the hotel would not be licensed and would therefore have a minimal impact on both its neighbours and the other hotels currently operating in Montrose.

He explained: “We’ve had a great deal of support from the people living in the development adjacent to the site, and one man was hopeful our plans would go ahead, as it would rid the crumbling building of ‘the furry and feathered vermin’ currently living there!

We expect to hear from Angus Council by mid-February and our client, George Martin, is ready to start work right away. Indeed, they are already seeking an operator to run the hotel professionally.”