A new boutique on the seafront in Southend will kick start a new hotel brand when it opens in March 2017.
The Seven Hotel is owned by Javed Rashid, who is working on the new hotel project with his son-in-laws Omar Rahimi and Sadiq Chikte, investing £3.5m in the transformation.
Rashid recently secured planning permission to turn the former nursing home building into a boutique, which will mark the debut hotel in the Seven Hotel portfolio.
He took over the nursing home four years ago and also owns two others within the area.
The new Seven Hotel will be home to 37 bedrooms, a steak and seafood restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace.
Local suppliers and construction company GMD Limited are working on the projects, alongside Appleby Architects and award-winning interior designer Adam Tibbatts.
Sadiq Chikte says: “It’s our first hotel in the industry; we are hoping to build on the Seven Hotel brand and its key principles to form other hotels in the near future.”