Bath hospital to become new luxury hotel under plans by Fragrance Group

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A hospital in Bath is to be transformed into a new luxury hotel, after plans were drawn up by its owners, the Fragrance Group.

The Grade-II listed Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases, formerly known as Royal Mineral Water Hospital, was acquired by the Singapore-based investors in January 2018 for £21.5m, who has now come up with a proposal to develop the property into a luxury new hotel.

NHS staff currently working at the site will complete their relocation to the more modern Royal United Hospital by the end of the year.

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The Fragrance Group website says of The Min: “Originally built in the 18th century to serve those who came in search of the healing properties of Bath’s mineral waters, this property comprises of two buildings connected by a two-storey bridge link and basement tunnel.

“Plans are being drawn up to develop the property into a luxury hotel.”

A planning application has not yet been submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council. 

Martin Rogers from Global Hotels & Leisure Consultancy, on behalf of the Fragrance Group, said: “We are thrilled to have purchased The Royal Mineral Water Hospital in the centre of Bath. The purchase completed 18 months ago and it is expected that the Hospital will finally close at the end of the year.

“The Fragrance Group has a track record of breathing new life into historic city buildings which are no longer required for their original purpose.

“Since the Group acquired the Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Upper Borough Walls, Bath, it has appointed leading architects from the city’s Stride Treglown practice, with a brief to sensitively develop plans for a four-star hotel which respects and honours the original building.”

The Fragrance Group portfolio includes a number of historic hotels in the UK, including Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel, the Crown Hotel in Harrogate and the Townhouse Hotel in Manchester. It also owns and operates properties in Singapore and Australia.

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