Hotel site - revamp plans are submitted by owner
PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 January 2011
MULTI-MILLION pound plans to transform the Royal Pier Hotel site into contemporary apartments, modern beach huts, a boutique hotel and museum have been submitted to North Somerset Council.
The application, from site owner and chairman of Surrey-based development company CNM Estates, Wahid Samady, consists of a new building of between four and seven storeys consisting of 63 apartments, food and drink venues and underground parking.
The plans also include a museum and information centre and shops and cafés on the promenade level.
A separate application, which forms part of the same development, involves the demolition of the well-known Captain’s Cabin pub and restaurant.
A 43-bed boutique hotel will replace the traditional pub and a new Captain’s Cabin will be built on the ground floor promenade level of the apartments.
Wahid said: “The Captain’s Cabin will retain its name and will still offer the same stunning views and seating area.”
Wahid said he has paid special attention to the restaurant, which has a large outdoor terrace, as it holds fond memories for many people.
In October last year the Royal Pier Hotel was destroyed in a huge blaze - the second time the seafront building had been struck by fire in just 15 months.
The remaining ruins were then completely demolished due to safety concerns raised by 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 Mr Samady has scaled back the height of the development.