Colchester high street to be transformed with £10m investment into new hotel stock

Plans for the £10m refurbishment of a historic hotel and transformation of a building on Colchester’s high street have been submitted to the town council.

If given the go ahead, the George Hotel would be given a renovation and combined with the nearby St Nicholas House to create a new 88-bed hotel in the town centre, in a proposal submitted by Harwich-based company Flying Trade.

In January, the company revealed the £10m project when it originally submitted plans to convert the existing St Nicholas House into a 41-bed hotel.

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It said it would also refurbish the nearby 47-bed George Hotel, which the company bought in 2015, creating an 88-bed hotel in the high street.

The George Hotel project would take two years and follows on from Flying Trade’s construction of six luxury apartments at One Castle Park.

Sarah Head-Anderson, group head of marketing for Flying Trade, confirmed the company is pushing ahead with its plans as originally announced earlier this year.

She said: “We are committed to what we said before, a £10m investment. We want to achieve a beautiful hotel while keeping its charm and historic elements.

While St Nicholas House is being converted, the George will remain open as a hotel, before it goes under the knife when work is completed.



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