£1.5m expansion granted for Gloucester hotel


A £1.5m expansion has been given the go ahead for a hotel in Gloucester.

A project will now begin at The New County Hotel in Southgate Street to add 19 bedrooms to its offering.

The hotel, which is owned by hotelier Tony Clark who also owns the 55-bed Central Hotel in Clarence Street last year, will undergo a renovation in its courtyard alongside a general refurbishment of the property itself.

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Clark said: "It’s fantastic because we’ll have more bedroom stock and we can take in more guests. It’s good for us and good for the city.

"Our occupancy has been quite high because we’re in a really good location to the city centre and the docks.”

The expansion will help accommodate the tourism boom currently happening in Gloucester as the demand for hotel rooms increases.

Marketing Gloucester estimates the city needs around 1,800 new hotel rooms in the next five to six years.

Six of the New County’s additional rooms would be built in a new two-storey structure in hotel’s renovated courtyard.

The other 13 bedrooms would be built within the existing hotel, which will remain open throughout the process, and all other bedrooms would be refurbished as part of the work.