There cannot be too many design studios that can also claim to co-own a hotel but that is exactly the unusual status of Glasgow-based hotel design specialists ICA with regard to the The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, which is operated by RBH.

Co-owning the hotel gives ICA exceptional insight into the running of the hotel business, providing invaluable insider knowledge and a unique empathy for its clients across an impressive portfolio of hotel projects.


ICA have recently redesigned the ground floor at the Altens Hotel to create a new dining and bar space, Coast & Keg.




ICA Executive Chairman, Ian Burleigh, commented:

"ICA are delighted to have worked with the team at Altens to target investment in this popular hotel. The transformation of the restaurants and bar provide wonderful spaces for people to meet and spend time together in a relaxed and well designed environment."




The transformative design has remodelled three unremarkable and poorly lit rooms and created a brilliant open plan space that engenders a relaxed and social atmosphere. The existing space has been opened up to create a welcoming, spacious, flexible dining area featuring casual and formal dining options.




Lead Interior Designer, Lauren Hughes-Glass explains:

"It’s been exciting to witness the transformation of three unremarkable, dark rooms into a bright and spacious open plan volume that engenders a relaxed and social atmosphere. We’re all really looking forward to seeing it open."




Coast & Keg will not just be convenient for hotel guests but will be a destination for locals. Again, Ian Burleigh explains the attraction of working on a project such as this:

"Altens may not be the most glamorous hotel we've ever worked on, but the team are amongst the most dedicated and committed to the ethos of hospitality we have encountered. Altens is loved by those who eat, drink, socialise and create community there. Even a local church meets there and is very much the heart of the community. Altens has a large following of regular travellers and it's their home from home often for weeks at a time. It’s in this context we're delighted to have worked with the team on a refurb of the restaurant and bar: to give this community, their loyal guests and the amazing team the very best in design and quality. We wish them well using this space, for happier times ahead, for the staff and for the business to thrive. This is what our team loves most about working in hospitality, a little investment in the right place and a lot of love."



Photography by Susie Lowe Studio


Aberdeen Altens Hotel


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