The Royal Hotel in Weston-super-Mare reveals major extension plans including underground car park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 June 2017
Directors at one of Weston-super-Mare’s biggest hotels are considering a major extension project in an area of the town already in the middle of a dramatic revamp.
Bosses of The Royal Hotel, which has been based in South Parade for more than 200 years, are exploring how to invest in its future while also maintaining the historically important building.
The hotel’s car park is based on the edge of the Town Square, which is in the middle of a £2million transformation, where new paving is being laid and the part of the Italian Gardens’ wall has been knocked down to create a more open space.
The Winter Gardens is also being refurbished by Weston College to turn it into a law and professional services academy.
Proposals for the hotel’s expansion include an extension with 72 bedrooms and a seafront restaurant being built on the current car park, opposite the Winter Gardens’ Spider Lane.
Spider Lane is the main pedestrian route from the seafront to the town centre, running alongside the Winter Gardens.
An underground car park could also be created on the hotel lawns, which would then be re-laid.
Hotel directors said the plans would be a considerable enhancement to both the hotel, and Weston as a whole.
They said: “The removal of an unsightly car park, to be replaced with a modern, well-designed building looking out over large manicured lawns will undoubtedly improve the visual aspect of the Royal Hotel from the seafront.”
If the Royal’s plans are given the go-ahead, it would create a more seamless route for people making their way from the seafront to the town centre.
Announcing the plans, a spokesman for the Royal said: “Empathetic integration with the new Town Square, currently nearing completion, form an integral part of the plans and will undoubtedly enhance the visual aspect of the Royal Hotel from the square while improving access to Spider Lane.”
Directors said the hotel is an ‘established and cherished landmark’ and added: “Considerable thought has been invested in how to meet the requirements of the modern world, while maintaining the traditional values of this historically very important building.”
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