The bosses at Abbey House Hotel in Cumbria have been given planning approval for a £2.5m revamp to transform the property into a ‘world-class’ wedding venue.
The development at the four-star hotel in Barrow, which will create 50 jobs, has been welcomed by councillors, who said the project was ‘good news’ for the town.
The plans at Abbey House Hotel include the creation of a new extension to the property’s Cavendish Suite to form a new function room, as well as the introduction of a new gym.
The project follows at rebrand throughout Abbey House Hotel & Gardens in January 2017, where 15 bedrooms were renovated.
Tim Kilroe, director and majority shareholder of the hotel, said the ultimate aim of the project was to attract more weddings from outside the Furness area.
The hotel was designed by acclaimed architect Sir Edwyn Lutyens as a country house for Vickers.
Speaking to Cumbria News, planning committee chairwoman Ann Thomson (Lab, Hindpool) said: “The wedding trade is a booming industry. The extension to Abbey House Hotel, the planned extension of Premier Inn near the Dock Museum and the new Holiday Inn Express on the site of the old police station is all good news for Barrow. Barrow is on the up.”