Deeds and WeedsMarch 19, 2009

St. Andrews Project Seeking New Contractor

Officials with Kohler Co. this week reiterated the company's commitment to The Duke's Residence, a $13 million residential development to be built next to the Duke's Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. The announcement came after the contractor that had been awarded the project, Cornhill Construction, filed for bankruptcy and had to pull out.

"As soon as we re-bid the project, we will pick up exactly where we left off," Kohler Co. spokesperson Debbie Taylor told Construction News. "This has nothing to do with the enthusiasm of the project from Kohler Company's perspective; our goal with The Duke's Residence from the onset has been to create one of the finest private residence clubs in all of Europe, and that will not change."

The Duke's Residence is a conversion of an Edwardian mansion into 16 luxury apartments, which will be sold as timeshares, rather than to single owners, and will include access to most (if not all) of the 11 golf courses in the St. Andrews area. Completion was scheduled for late this year, although it is unclear how the Cornhill setback will affect that.

-- G.R.