Watergate Bay Hotel team signs £18m Plymouth hotel

The team behind Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall has signed a lease agreement with developer Urban Splash for a £18m hotel in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard.

The pair plan to convert the existing Melville building into a 60-key "stunning destination boutique hotel" due to open in 2015, according to a report in The Herald

Facilities will include two restaurants, a cocktail bar, members’ club, a 25m swimming pool and events space, with building works expected to start in Spring 2014.

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The design of the hotel will be inspired by the building’s clock tower and courtyard overlooking the marina.  

Watergate Bay Hotel managing director Will Ashworth told The Herald: "Our north Cornwall hotel has its own special sense of style and tone, and our aim is to take this and develop it in a way that is right for Royal William Yard.

"We are keen to create a business that plays a significant part in the plans for the regeneration of Plymouth."

Nathan Cornish, from Urban Splash, said: "This is a significant milestone in our redevelopment of Royal William Yard and we are very pleased at entering into an agreement with Watergate Bay.

"It has long been our intention to bring a quality hotel operator to the yard and this announcement is a big step in making this a reality.

Watergate Bay and Urban Splash will be seeking approval of planning permission over coming months, liaising with architects, Gillespie Yunnie, Plymouth City Council and English Heritage.





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