18 Jan 2012
Trump Golf Clubhouse
Trump Clubhouse Approval
Clubhouse for members and visitors of Donald Trump’s multimillion-pound golf resort in Aberdeenshire wins planning approval on 8 to 2 vote, reports The Scotsman.
George Sorial, the Trump Organisation’s managing director of international development, told Councillor Debra Storr, a leading opponent of the Trump golf resort development, she would be out of a job after the council elections in May as he left a meeting of the planning authority where councillors approved plans for the Gothic-inspired building.
Visibly shaken, Ms Storr declined the offer of a five-minute recess claiming she was “used to abuse from the Trump Organisation”.
During a heated debate on the planning application, Ms Storr described the design for the 19th hole at the Menie championship links - by architects Acanthus df - as “laughable”.
She said: “It should have blended into the land rather than sitting there looking like a Victorian lunatic asylum.”
Ms Storr, who had called for the plans for the new clubhouse to be rejected, claimed the design was totally inappropriate for the site and a “Victorian pastiche”.
She claimed: “There was an opportunity here to produce a spectacular design. We could have had a fantastic, modern, new clubhouse. I pity the architect who has been forced into such a design by a client I don’t think has taste.”
Trump Hotel Threat
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Donald Trump has issued an ultimatum to the Scottish Government by apparently halting work on his golf resort in Aberdeenshire until he gets an undertaking that a planned offshore windfarm will not go ahead, according to today's Scotsman. The proposals were described by George Sorial as an "ugly industrial park". Holyrood now has the difficult task of appearing to decide between two projects which the SNP has championed. 18 Jan
20 Dec 2011
Trump Golf Course - Temporary Clubhouse
Donald Trump has won planning permission from Aberdeen Council to begin construction of a temporary golf course clubhouse at Menie.
Permission to erect the galvanised steel clubhouse, designed by Aberdeen architects Covell Matthews was granted with a 9-2 vote. The permanent Trump clubhouse is designed by Acanthus df.
21 Sep 2011
Donald Trump Golf Clubhouse
Donald Trump has released the first pictures of the golf clubhouse he plans to build on the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire. The single-storey building made from granite, slate and glass, will be at the heart of the £750m development. Critics have already described the building, designed by Acanthus Architects, as looking like a Victorian workhouse. Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Scotland, said: “We’ve spent many months refining and perfecting the design and will submit our planning application in the coming weeks.”
Donald Trump Golf Clubhouse - external link
Donald Trump Golf Resort
Donald Trump Scottish Golf Links - News Update, Feb 2010
Detailed Masterplan submitted for this development by Gareth Hoskins Architects
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Donald Trump Scottish Golf Course - News Update, 17 Sep 2009
Images released by Gareth Hoskins Architects:
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Trump Golf Resort - Planning Permission Approval
17 Dec 2008
Location: Menie House, Balmedie, north of Aberdeen
Architects: Gareth Hoskins Architects with Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo (USA); Jenkins & Marr (Aberdeen) - SMC Jenkins & Marr as of late 2006
Developers: Trump International
Planning Permission minded to grant 3 Nov 2008
A+DS view on the architecture: it will "devalue the Scottish architectural tradition"
Donald Trump Golf Resort Masterplan designer : Gareth Hoskins Architects
Donald Trump Scottish Golf Resort - News Update, 3 Nov 2008
Donald Trump granted permission today - subject to Section 75 agreement (effectively kicking it back to Aberdeenshire Council) - by the Scottish government to build a golf resort on a site of special scientific interest.
Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney overruled the local authority's rejection of the proposal. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond added: "The economic and social benefits for the North East of Scotland substantially outweigh any environmental impact."
Alex Salmond's view has a certain logic, but there was no need for part of one of the courses to breach the SSSI. Surely a starting point for any application is that it doesn't break the rules. Other new golf courses around the country have managed to be built without damaging national heritage. Given the impending Glenrothes by-election this result will come as no surprise, though slightly earlier than expected by many.
The resort has to be developed in a certain way: golf course first, then phased. Only half the housing has been approved (probably not too problematic given current economic conditions). Which brings us to whether the resort will truly come to frutition given the severity of the current economic collapse?
Trump Golf Links - News Updates
Donald Trump's 500 houses, 950 timeshare flats & hotel attacked by Simon Jenkins who rightly argues it would be an environmental outrage to allow approval
Planning Application Revision – 14 Feb 2008
Amendments have been made to the Donald Trump golf resort application to reduce the amount of stabilisation required to secure the sand dunes at Balmedie. Conservation bodies have opposed the two golf courses, 950 holiday homes, 36 golf villas and 500 private homes being built on the site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The revised application for the Menie estate resort has been submitted to the Public Inquiry reporters but RSPB Scotland described it as a "small-scale tweak".
Public Inquiry – 28 Feb 2008
Donald Trump’s housing estate with golf courses & hotel - partly located on a key piece of Scotland’s protected natural heritage - goes to Public Inquiry
No to Trump Course – 30 Nov 2007
Donald Trump's £1bn luxury golf resort proposal knocked into the long grass by Aberdeenshire Council Infrastructure Services Committee. Donald Trump said he was "surprised" by the decision, and is considering appealing, but noted he had other options in Britain. The vote was tied 7 – 7 but the committee chairman’s casting vote sealed the resort’s fate.
Trump Golf Course - News Update – 21 Nov 2007
Donald Trump's £1bn golf resort plans approved by Aberdeenshire Council. Local councillors approved the outline planning application - by 7 votes to 4 - for a golf course and resort development at Menie House, Balmedie, Aberdeenshire.
The plans, submitted by Trump International Golf Links Scotland, were discussed by members of the Formartine Area Committee. The outline planning application will be referred to the council Infrastructure Services Committee on 29 Nov
Scottish Golf Development : Architecture News
Decision deferred by Councillors on Trump's golf resort proposal
The Formartine area committee to visit the site and hold a hearing on 2 Oct. Aberdeenshire Council officers recommended the plans, advising that the financial impact was significant and that the social and economic benefits were of national importance and should take precedence
24 Sep 2007
Trump Golf Resort Aberdeen - Recommended for Approval
A+DS Criticise Design
Architecture and Design Scotland criticise Trump Organsiation's concept designs:
Head of Design Review at ADS, Angela Williams, said: "Should a world-class golf facility be located in such a sensitive landscape, it needs to be realised through an exemplary design process to secure a built development and reformed landscape of exceptionally-high quality. We do not see such an aspiration in the designs as currently submitted.
"They would not only have a negative impact on an area of high landscape value but would also devalue the Scottish architectural tradition that they attempt to emulate. We consider that an outline planning application should not be approved on the basis of the information submitted.
"We do not believe that the designs submitted are of sufficiently high quality for this unique location, for a project with such an international profile, or for Scotland as a whole."
3 Sep 2007
Donald Trump & A Scottish SSSI
A tale of American Big Business, Pastiche Victorian Hotel & National Nature Reserve. Golf resort fever hits north east Scotland with numerous recent proposals from Blairs to Newburgh. But Trump International’s plans aren’t for some unwanted fields or set-aside land. Some of the holes are located in dunes valuable to our country. The Menie dunes are a SSSI - Site of Special Scientific Interest - for good reason.
Four miles north is The Sands of Forvie and the Ythan Estuary SSSI, National Nature Reserve, home to Britain’s 5th largest sand dune system [considered the most undisturbed in Britain & of unique structure and outstanding national importance], the largest breeding colony of eider duck.
And the hotel design? Rather than a confident contemporary we have what appears to be Mock Victorian, no doubt designed to appeal to traditional american golfers. I loved visiting these dunes as a child and would have expected any proposal to tame them would have brought forward serious debate and a sensitive & sustainable building. A competition would have clearly been too uncontrolled for US big business but why not a engage some brilliant designers to come up with a quality development of real architectural merit?
What's important to us here in Scotland? Of course some will warmly welcome inward investment, a good thing often, but at what cost here? The unemployment in both Aberdeen city and shire is less than 2%, so the need for the jobs is less pressing than the need to preserve the area's best environmental features.
Golfers Jack Nicklaus and Paul Lawrie haven`t needed to take land designated for wildlife in their Scottish golf course proposals.
The developers hope to start on site with the Trump International Golf Links in early 2008.
Planning application Committee on 29 Nov
Development - Planning Submission
Outline application by Trump International Golf Links to Aberdeenshire Council for the development of multi-million pound golf course and luxury resort development:
950 holiday homes
36 golf villas
Environmental Impact Assessment due to be submitted to Aberdeenshire Council
28 Nov 2006
The Scotsman reports possible plans for '250 properties' within Trump Organisation's Golf development at Balmedie, north of Aberdeen: please note plans are not yet lodged but due this Autumn. Designs unveiled so far for the Clubhouse and 500-room hotel reveal a traditional Victorian style. Two golf course are proposed of high standard, more details soon
More details re Trump Golf Links Scotland online soon