On 30 July, Perth & Kinross Council confirmed the Henley Homes Group as the preferred bidder for its former offices at 1-5 High Street, Perth. The group is proposing to transform it into a boutique hotel via its Rogue City Hotel Group (RCHG) brand. This decision, while not binding either party to an agreement, will allow the Council to start negotiations with the group. Conferring preferred bidder status follows a competitive marketing process.
It is estimated that the redevelopment would deliver the equivalent of 71 additional jobs in Perth, with 55 in the hotel itself; 122 construction jobs locally; £1.12 million a year of direct expenditure; and £1 million a year of additional Gross Value Added (GVA). The building is currently surplus to the Council’s requirements for office space and will require significant investment by Henley Homes to develop a boutique hotel and additional grant funding up to £1.9 million, permissible under grant aid, to restore the listed building facade. This will secure the future of this historic property and boost the local economy at a time when investment in the city and creation of jobs to recover from the global pandemic is critical .
1-5 High Street is a category B listed building, and the former council chambers and courtroom are deemed to be Common Good. Accordingly, the Council consulted on their potential reuse, with 63% of respondents welcoming the option of redeveloping the building as a hotel.
It is proposed that registrars services currently based in the building be moved to 2 High Street, with the Civic Hall and Civic Lounge being made available for weddings.
Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid said, “People in Perth want to see 1-5 High Street back in use, and their city thriving. An upscale boutique hotel will complement the existing accommodation offer, further support the evening economy and boost Perth and Kinross’s attractiveness as both an urban and a rural visitor destination.”
Henley Homes is a multi award-winning property development group established in 1999. Through its RCHG brand, it has developed the five star and highly-acclaimed Dunalastair Hotel Suites at Kinloch Rannoch in Perthshire, and is currently working on The Wellington in Glasgow and The Hobson in Cambridge.
Nassar Khalil, Director of Hotels & Leisure at Henley Homes and CEO of RCHG, said, “We are very pleased to have been chosen as preferred bidder for 1-5 High Street, a fantastic location in the heart of Perth, one of Scotland’s most enchanting cities and its original capital. As with all our hotels, our goals are to provide guests with design-led luxury accommodation, with exceptional service, comfort and convenience, and to form a special relationship with the local area. These values sum up the key attributes of a RCHG hotel. We very much look forward to working with Perth and Kinross council on this unique project”