Hotel development in Dorchester seeks operator

Expressions of interest are being sought for a new hotel, spa and function opportunity in the Brewery Square development in Dorchester.

Resolution Property and Waterhouse, the regeneration partners behind the scheme have instructed leisure property specialists Fleurets to market the opportunity on a freehold or leasehold basis.

Brewery Square is a £100m mixed-use leisure, retail and residential development on the site of the former Eldridge Pope Brewery in the centre of the county town.

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Current Brewery Square hospitality occupiers include Carluccio’s, Pizza Express, Vivo Lounge, Nandos, Costa, Premier Inn and a new Odeon Cinema.

Designed in 1880 by Crickmay and Sons, the architect for whom Thomas Hardy worked before his career as a writer, the Grade-II listed Victorian Brewhouse has detailed planning consent to create a 48-84 bedroom hotel overlooking Brewery Square; Dorchester’s new fountain square. The scheme includes an 11,000 sq ft spa and swimming pool and two function rooms.

There has been a high demand for quality hotels in Dorchester and the surrounding area, and the new development would fill a gap in the market.

Kevin Conibear, an associate at Fleurets said: “This is an iconic building steeped in history in the centre of a hugely successful development.The overall Brewery Square scheme has been sympathetically developed to create a vibrant new quarter, accommodating a host of national retail and leisure operators. The scheme presents a unique opportunity for a hotel operator to secure a flagship, trophy building in a prime position, within the very heart of the county town and to thrive on the development’s success.”



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