'Stunning' hotel plans revealed

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 November 2010

Royal Pier Hotel

Royal Pier Hotel

Wahid

'STUNNING' plans to transform Weston's Royal Pier Hotel site into a modern development featuring apartments, a hotel and museum are due to be submitted to North Somerset Council next week.

The Mercury has been given an exclusive look at plans for the Birnbeck Road site, which include modern beach huts, a new Captain’s Cabin pub and shops and cafés on the promenade level.

The development is being proposed by site owner and chairman of Surrey-based development company CNM Estates, Wahid Samady.

Wahid, who bought the hotel in 2007, said: “We have taken into account the results of last year’s public consultation and the feedback from residents so the scheme has been substantially reduced in size from 12 to seven storeys at its maximum height.

“I am very excited about this and if planning permission is granted this will provide something unique in this beautiful location.

“We have paid special attention to the restaurant, which has a large outdoor terrace, as we know a lot of people have fond memories from visiting there.

“The promenade is going to be stunning and people will have the opportunity to occupy kiosks.”

In October the hotel was destroyed in a huge blaze - the second time the seafront building was struck by fire in just 15 months.

The remains were then completely demolished due to safety concerns from North Somerset Council.

The hotel, which closed in August 2008, was not insured and after the first fire in June 2009 a public consultation was held at the Winter Gardens. After feedback from residents Wahid has scaled back the height of the development.

The plans have been designed by Sir Terence Conran’s architects, Conran & Partners, and contain 63 spacious apartments with full concierge service and a ‘stylish boutique’ hotel.

There will be underground parking and there is also a space dedicated to a lifeboat museum and visitor centre.

Wahid added: “We are particularly exited about the upper level promenade deck which has 21st century beach huts built in to the wall, with stunning views across the water. People will be able to enjoy their own traditional beach hut experience.

“We also want a museum that will celebrate the Bristol Channel and we are in early discussions about this. We would also appreciate all interest parties contacting us.”

Wahid said the new buildings will be environmentally friendly and made from high quality materials, including local stone and render, and will feature generous balconies and planted roofs.

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