Weston’s Royal Hotel submits plans to triple number of hotel rooms and build new restaurant

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 August 2017

The Royal Hotel, in South Parade.

The Royal Hotel, in South Parade.

A grade II-listed Weston seafront hotel is in line to build more than 70 new rooms, a restaurant and an underground car park if ambitious plans are materialised.

An artist's impression of the proposed expansion which would neighbour the revamped Winter Gardens. Picture: View Architects for The Royal Hotel An artist's impression of the proposed expansion which would neighbour the revamped Winter Gardens. Picture: View Architects for The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel, in South Parade, wants to expand with bosses hoping to build a three-storey extension which will create 72 new bedrooms and a restaurant on Royal Parade, plus an underground car park.

The hotel revealed its intention to expand to the Mercury in June, but has now issued definitive plans to the local authority with the hope of securing planning permission to build an annexe along Spider Lane.

If the plans come to fruition, The Royal will increase the number of rooms available from 44 to 114, with two existing rooms due to be lost in the revamp.

The underground car park would be located in an area currently occupied by the hotel lawn and will add 76 new parking spaces to the 100 already available, with the lawn being re-laid atop the car park.

The hotel has enlisted the services of View Architects to oversee the project, and a company statement said the revamp would ‘equip the hotel with sufficient dining and function room accommodation to meet local demand’ and ensure the ‘future security of the business and the long-term viability of the listed building as a hotel facility’.

Its design and access statement said: “The extension would not physically affect the structure of the listed building and it could be positioned to maintain views... and therefore minimise any impact on the setting.

“This option offered the unique opportunity to enhance the urban space between the hotel and the adjacent Winter Gardens development and greatly improve the pedestrian experience travelling to and from the Town Square to the seafront.”

View Architects also revealed relocation of the hotel was considered, but bosses concluded moving ‘could jeopardise the long-term profitability of the business and could lead to destabilising the viability of the listed building remaining as a hotel’.

The hotel’s car park borders the Italian Gardens and Winter Gardens, both of which are undergoing refurbishments which are nearing completion.

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