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‘Huge project’ will give Scotland’s oldest hotel new look

The scaffolding is due to come down next month.
The scaffolding is due to come down next month.

Scotland’s oldest hotel is getting a facelift.

Work is under way to brighten up the iconic facade of Perth’s Salutation Hotel.

The venue dates back to the early 17th Century and has played host to everyone from Bonnie Prince Charlie to David Bowie.

Now, scaffolding has been erected at the front of the South Street building as part of a major restoration programme.

The work, which is expected to last for six to eight weeks, will see the front of the building being repainted, as well as repairs and an upgrade to signs and lighting.

Under the plans, the famous piper figurines which stand above the entrance to the B-listed property will be restored to their former glory and lit up by lamps installed at their feet.

The hotel’s owner, Strathmore Hotels, is hoping that the new-look building will tie in with the Perth City Plan, a blueprint for the city over the next 20 years that was unveiled recently.

A spokeswoman for the venue told The Courier: “We have long heard phrases such as ‘could do with a lick of paint’ and ‘the outside needs tarted up’ and, frustratingly, we wish it had been as simple.

“Well, we have been working away in the background for quite some time now and due to the age, and significance of the building, work can finally begin after a necessary but unfortunately lengthy planning and design process.”

The spokeswoman added: “Established in 1699, The Salutation Hotel will enjoy a complete frontal facelift, which will include repointing, painting the facade, replacing windows, improving the signage, strengthening the chimneys and adding in much-improved lighting.

“The huge project will also see the two famous pipers restored.”

She said: “As Perth heads toward the Perth City Plan and with such a landmark building in the city it was important for Strathmore Hotels to be involved and be part of this future vision.

“Strathmore Hotels are dedicated to the future of the hotel and very much respect the wishes of the people of Perth to have the hotel remain traditional whilst adding in some modern touches such as the lighting.”

The scaffolding is due to come down next month, in time for Perth’s busy winter celebrations.

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