Major expansion plans for hotel

Smiths Hotel would undergo a huge transformation.
Smiths Hotel would undergo a huge transformation.

A family run Kirkintilloch hotel has unveiled major expansion plans to triple the number of bedrooms and boost tourism in the town.

Smiths Hotel want to create an additional 48 bedrooms and upgrade the building in David Donnelly Place.

The hotel currently has 22 bedrooms and the expansion plans would more than triple this number.

Padrino Design is leading the plans.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “This is the first major change for the hotel since it was built.

“It sits with the local authority’s strategy to improve East Dunbartonshire as a tourist area, but you can’t do that without additional hotel bedrooms.

“The building is not the prettiest at the moment so we will overclad the entire hotel.

“It ties in with the whole development of Kirkintilloch and will help with the regeneration of the town centre.”

The first phase would see a former council two-storey building, between the hotel and a medical centre, expanded to create 32 bedrooms.

The second phase would link the building to the hotel and a further 16 bedrooms built and a lift added.

The hotel would then be renovated during a third phase.

If the plans are given the go-ahead, work is expected to start in May or June and last around 18 months.

The three-star Smiths Hotel was built as a single storey pub in the early 70s. Upper floors were added and it was turned into a hotel in 1979.

The Donnelly family owned the building. David Donnelly was a local councillor and the name of the street the hotel sits on was named after him.

The Smith family bought the hotel in the late 90s and have carried out various upgrading works over the years.