UK-based construction company Interserve has been appointed as main contractor on a refurbishment project to create the new Dundee Malmaison hotel in the UK.
The construction work will be done on the site of the vacant Tay Hotel, a listed city centre landmark building constructed in 1889. In keeping with the Malmaison brand, the structure is being redeveloped to create an international standard lifestyle boutique hotel.
The project forms part of the £1 billion ($1.55 billion) Dundee Central Waterfront Development, an integral phase in the city's multi-billion regeneration of its waterfront, which will include the new £45 million ($69.68 million) V&A museum.
The £7 million ($10.84 million) contract will see the capabilities of Interserve Industrial Services and Interserve Technical Services complement its role as main contractor. Interserve Industrial Services has been brought in to supply and erect external perimeter scaffolding in a 'Tube and Fittings' configuration as opposed to the more common system scaffolds used in Scotland.
In addition, the division will use its expert knowledge on this complex project where the north elevation is to be constructed with live shops, pub outlets and a series of cellar spaces below.
As part of the conservation project, Interserve will replace sash and casement windows and timber shutters, repair a feature lead dome on the building's roof, make good stonework, refurbish a feature staircase and cupola located on the stairs' landing and replace or redress Scottish slates on the building's mansard roof. The company will also rebuild structures and fire escape staircase in the atrium which were rotten and had collapsed.
Refurbishment on the project has begun in June 2012 with completion scheduled for mid-2013. On completion, the new hotel will comprise a bar/lounge area with whisky snug and wine cellar, a restaurant with a private dining room and wine tasting and 91 bedrooms and suites.