A new hotel extension could welcome guests from June.
Plans were lodged last year to expand the Chester Hotel on Queen’s Road by extending into the former Hamilton School buildings next door.
Owners Graham and Gillian Wood submitted plans to provide an additional 22 guest rooms on the site, in addition to the existing 50 bedrooms.
Under the proposals, the hotel’s bar area would also double in size and work has already started on extending the hotel’s function room – The Granite Suite.
The revamped space, which will have its own dedicated private entrance and bar facilities, is expected to reopen in May.
Meanwhile, the new bedrooms should be ready to welcome guests from the following month.
The hotel has submitted an application to sell alcohol across the expanded site, including a mini-bar in each of the 22 new bedrooms.
The application to Aberdeen City Council states that all food and drinks will be served from the main hotel building.
The council’s environmental health team has suggested that in order to protect the amenity of neighbouring homes, a condition should be in place prohibiting amplified music in the outdoor areas of the site and that the outdoor areas are not used after 10pm.
They also suggest the hotel owners consider using a device to limit music noise levels.
Stephen Gow, general manager at the venue, previously said the plans would give the business one of the biggest event spaces in Aberdeen with an increase from the current limit of 200 to 300 for a conference set-up.
The Woods opened The Chester in 2014 following a £5 million refurbishment and the latest extension plans are part of a major extension earmarked for the building.
Last year Mr Wood, son of Aberdeen tycoon Sir Ian Wood, announced they had also purchased the neighbouring Hamilton School buildings.
At the time of buying the granite villas, the site had planning permission for an extension which would have significantly increased the footprint of the buildings and provided 90 bedrooms in total.
The hotel is currently carrying out a smaller revamp which they believe will be more in keeping with the character of the Category B-listed buildings.
The hotel will continue to operate as normal during the construction work but the function room will be closed for several months.
It is thought the refurbishment of the Granite Suite, along with the proposed extension into 55-57 Queen’s Road, will create at least 20 jobs.
Members of the licensing board will consider the hotel’s application to serve alcohol when it meets at the Town House tomorrow.