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MacDonalds Massive Highland Hotel Plans

Plans have been revealed for what could be the tallest secular building ever built in the highlands of Scotland.

MacDonald Hotels outline proposals feature building an 11 storey hotel tower designed by Fletcher Joseph Architects as part of the second phase of their planned modernisation of the Aviemore Highland Resort.

The scheme, called The Lookout, has been planned at such a height, partly as a modern version of the hotel already operated by the chain in the area which is ten floors and also because of the views it will promise of the surrounding mountains and Boat of Garten.

If built the scheme should have a large amount of renewable technology integrated into it including solar panels, rainwater collection and wind turbines.

The development will also include a 2,312 square metre public plaza, a 5,000 square metres children's play area, another 60 bedrooms added to the existing 10 floor hotel, 1,000 square metres of office space, a 2,000 square metre extension to the Brand's shopping centre, and an extra 17 luxury holiday chalets.

Getting such a building approved will however be a major challenge. Although the former Hilton Hotel, now owned by MacDonald is tall, plans for recent three and four storey buildings by the hotel operator have failed to be approved by the local council.

The local interest in the scheme, and the potential opposition it could run into is highlighted by the number of people who attended the exhibition - about 250 in total, which is equivalent to about 10% of Aviemore's total population.

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