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    A new first-class hotel is to be built for BTH in St. Andrews, Scotland -?

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    A new first-class hotel is to be built for BTH in St. Andrews, Scotland - the mecca of all golfers - by June 1968. It will overlook the world famous seventeenth 'road hole' of the Old Course. The character of the hole will be carefully maintained. Although the sheds will be demolished to make way for gazebo-type open tea room protected by nylon netting, much of the wood from the sheds will be re-used in its construction.

    The 80 bedroom hotel represents a total investment of GBP700,000 and building is due to start immediately. The hotel will be open in good time for the Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie (July 10-13, 1968) next year and bookings are now being taken.

    The group's twelve Scottish hotels are all great attractions for tourists visiting Scotland. Tow of these hotels Gleneagles and Turnberry already have a special meaning for golfers. Takings last year in Scotland alone were over half a million pounds, more than 50% of BTH's total revenue of GBP1,088,122.

    The building, designed by the American architects Curtis and Davis, will be built in local sandstone to blend in with the surrounding town and landscape. Five storeys high, it will accommodate a total of 160 people in rooms with private bathroom, telephone, radio and television. The room plan has been designed to provide 12 private suites when required. It will cost around ten guineas for a double room. The fifth floor will house the main restaurant, which will look out over the Old Course.

    This is the first new hotel to be built by BTH since the "Queens" in Leeds in 1938 and marks the beginning of a major development programme. The Group owns and operates 32 hotels in Britain.

    The London architects, Mathews, Ryan, Simpson will be working in association with Curtis and Davis. Main contractors are Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Limited.

    For further information contact: Mr. John Spencer MAYfair 9464
    FACTS ABOUT THE NEW HOTEL AT ST. ANDREWS
    Overlooking the famous seventeenth hole the hotel is sited on the Northern outskirts of the town.

    It lies adjacent to the A91 road to Dundee and Perth and close to the A915 road leading South to Edinburgh.

    Mileages from St. Andrews
    LONDON 440 PRESTWICK 107
    EDINBURGH 49 PERTH 31
    GLASGOW 76 DUNDEE 13
    MANCHESTER 259 INVERNESS 115
    BIRMINGHAM 335 ABERDEEN 80
    GLENEAGLES 39
    Accommodation: 80 double rooms (59 with twin beds) 6 singles rooms, all with private bathrooms, telephone, radio and television accommodating a total of 160 persons. The design enables 12 private suites to be provided, consisting of bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. Two passenger lifts serve all floors.

    Restaurant and Bars: Ground Floor - restaurant and bar. Fifth Floor - main restaurant and bar looking out over the surrounding countryside.

    Reception/Banqueting Rooms: a suite of rooms for meetings, receptions and banquets is located on the fifth floor with capacities for:
    170 for banquets
    220 for meetings
    300 for receptions
    Shop: Located on the ground floor it will cater for most resident's immediate needs.

    Car Park: Parking space for 100 cars.

    Outdoor Sporting Facilities
    Golf: St. Andrews offers visitors the choice of four golf courses - The Old Course - The New Course - The Eden Course and the Jubilee Course.

    Putting: There are five greens open to the public The Bruce Embankment (two greens) - The Ladies Putting Green - The Kinburn Putting Green - and the East Bents.

    Tennis: Nine hard courts are to be found in Kinburn Park.

    Bowling: The Bowling Green - open to any player - is also situated in Kinburn Park.

    Swimming: For those who like a beach - The West Sands; alternatively there is the Step Rock Swimming Pool.

    Angling: Good fishing grounds are located within four miles of the town on the River Eden or on Cameron Loch.

    Sailing: The St. Andrews Sailing Club has developed quickly over the last few years and now offers up-to-date premises and slipway facilities.

    Other Facilities:
    Boating: For those seeking leisure there are motorboat cruises - for those feeling energetic rowing boats are available for hire.

    Library: A modern public library provides the usual service.

    Parks: Three parks - Kinburn Park - Cockshaugh Park and Craigtown Park - offer the visitor plenty of scope for relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

    Travelling to St. Andrews:
    By Road: The A91 gives a direct route North West to Dundee and Perth and in the opposite direction connects with the A915 road South to Edinburgh.

    By Air: Regular flights to Glasgow and Edinburgh and either by road or rail to St. Andrews.

    By Rail: The rail line from to St. Andrews is being kept open by British Rail to serve this tourist area.

    Architectural Information
    Design Consultants:
    Curtis and Davis
    Architect: Mathews Ryan Simpson
    Engineer: Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners
    Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald

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    Film ID:
    VLVAT5F5XF08XFQPHWKN3UT6HFLZ
    Media URN:
    VLVAT5F5XF08XFQPHWKN3UT6HFLZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:44:00
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    N/A

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