MACDONALD Hotels has been granted planning permission for a £7 million extension to the Rusacks Hotel, which overlooks the 18th hole of the Old Course in St Andrews.
The proposed new development will comprise 44 glass-fronted suites, ranging from 350 to 475 square feet, and a rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace as well as valet car parking on the lower ground floor.
Macdonald Hotels said the extension will be built using traditional materials in keeping with its St Andrews location and the Rusacks Hotel’s 128-year heritage. Work is due to get underway on the development in 2016.
Gordon Fraser, deputy chairman of Macdonald Hotels, said the development will “set a new benchmark for luxury in St Andrews, attracting many new visitors every year from all over the world and bringing new jobs and major benefits to the local economy”.
“We’ve owned the Macdonald Rusacks since 2001 and are especially conscious of being custodians of one of golf’s most famous locations so will be developing the site with the utmost sensitivity,” said Fraser.