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Scotland’s hospitality sector continues to invest in Mozolowski & Murray as commercial confidence leads to a growing portfolio

Director Virginia Murray shares her insight

There is no denying that the last few years has been an exceptionally challenging and uncertain time for business, particularly the hospitality sector, where due to the pandemic, access to shared public spaces was restricted or non-permissible for long periods of time.

Dwindling confidence in international travel and the looming threat of quarantine resulted in a strategic shift within the hospitality sector.  Recognising a change in attitude to overseas travel as well as a growing desire for people wishing to holiday in open spaces, surrounded by fewer people, businesses began to adapt in order to accommodate increased numbers of visitors and people now planning celebrations such as weddings, and other special occasions, in Scotland. 

Seizing an opportunity, many business owners began a programme of investment to expand their premises to ensure they could facilitate growing demand, meet customer expectation, and ultimately grow their business to secure a long-term future. 

Consequently, business owners seeking a trusted and experienced partner who could deliver a bespoke high-quality product within the agreed timeframe, came to Mozolowski & Murray.

Speaking about the companies growing hospitality portfolio, Director of Mozolowski & Murray, Virginia Murray said:

“Where I think we have the edge in commercial property development, particularly within the tourism and hospitality sectors, is our 30-year proven track record of delivering bespoke projects using our own trades, meaning we can deliver to tight schedules and work out of season, in almost any location.  The fact that we offer a fully integrated design, manufacture and build service, including managing all planning and building consents, is also very appealing to businesses.

“With such a wealth of experience, expertise and pride in what we do, business owners are confident that we will get the job done, to the standards expected, in the timescales agreed and without compromising existing business functions and revenue.”

Mozolowski and Murray is also benefiting from those seeking new business opportunities within the tourism sector, particularly landowners in rural parts of Scotland looking to diversify their land and agricultural businesses to capitalise on Scotland’s tourism potential.

Virginia continues:

“Investing in bespoke free standing hotel suites and guest accommodation has become a popular way to do this. The Isle of Eriska’s Hilltop Reserves is the perfect example of how we helped, then business owners Beppo and Seona Buchannan diversify their existing business. 

“Achieving over 65% occupancy rates before completion, we created six standalone luxury guest suites, each uniquely situated to enjoy incredible views over Loch Creran and over to the beautiful island of Lismore. Our intelligent design, quality of workmanship and full project management meant the Hilltop Reserves were not only delivered on time, within budget and to the highest of standards but they became an instant success.”

Other successful hospitality projects Mozolowski & Murray has completed and where owners have reported a quick return on their investment include, The Lodge on Loch Goil, Carlowrie Castle, Gleneagles, The Royal Hotel, Elgin, Ballogie House Hotel, Knockendarroch Hotel, The Walled Garden Rooms and Orangery at The Old Manse of Blair and the Fife Arms in Turriff.

Four of the above mentioned all commissioned Mozolowski & Murray to deliver further expansion based on the success of the initial projects. 

Working out of season meant Mozolowski and Murray could complete a stunning orangery extension at the four-star Keavil House Hotel near Dunfermline, in Fife. The 15th Century traditional country house opened its doors to a new bespoke 95 square-meter restaurant, bar, and terrace, with seating capacity in the restaurant of up to 60 diners.

Virginia explains:

“This once very private retreat has been lovingly converted and extended to combine all the comfort and luxury of a modern hotel while retaining the charm of the ancient mansion. It was important to us that we designed an extension that was in keeping with the building’s rich heritage and traditional features. The result is stunning, incorporating a design that’s built to last a lifetime.”

Commenting on the experience, Keavil House Hotel’s Managing Director, Alistair Bruce said:

“What impressed me most is that Mozolowski and Murray understood that the build process was just as important as the end result. We worked to a process to ensure construction didn’t impact on the rest of the hotel’s operation, whether that be screening to allow wedding to take place in the gardens or scheduling noisy construction, so it didn’t clash with corporate or private events. This, for me, demonstrated that Mozolowski and Murray understood business, not just construction.”

If you are considering expanding your hospitality business and would like to speak to a member of our experienced design team, please contact us on 0131 447 8651 or email us at and we will be delighted to discuss your ideas.

We have a number of case studies on the commercial page of our website which will give you a more detailed insight into completed projects and client satisfaction and a video below which brings commercial journey's to life.

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