Hamilton Grand, St Andrews is undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment by Kohler Company, owners of five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa – and this week part of this project saw the St Andrews skyline regain an important piece of its history as this iconic building, overlooking the 18th green of the world-famous Old Course, was ‘crowned’ with a new dome.
The original dome was replaced after a fire in 1976 with a fibreglass replica. The new dome – made inScotland- is a lead-clad timber frame weighing 3.5 tonnes, true to the original structure. The lead sections were constructed in Falkirk by Matheson Plumbing Co. Ltd and the joinery carried out byDundeebased firm WBS Keilor.
The dome was expertly raised and positioned on the Hamilton Grand tower at 12.30 pm on Wednesday afternoon.
The history of the building and the importance of the event were not lost on the town ofSt Andrewsas locals and visitors witnessed the dome lift – capturing images and launching into the world of social media with over 60,000 Twitter recipients by the time the dome reached its final position.
The dome caps Hamilton Grand which, after the R&A’s headquarters, is the most photographed building in the game of golf. It is being transformed into a collection of 26 homes of distinction – two, three and four bedroom apartments together with a private residents’ lounge and function suite as well as a new, stylish restaurant and bar that is set to become a firm favourite of those visiting golf’sMecca.
“We are honoured to work with community members throughout this exciting project” said Debbie Taylor, President – Hospitality and Real Estate, Kohler Co., adding: “Hamilton Grand is a unique real estate opportunity for those who want to own a home in the birthplace of golf and a premier destination that is rich in history – the holy grail of golf. Today, we are delighted to have crowned a piece of Scottish history.”