Legacy Hotels and Resorts has begun a £1.3m refurbishment project at one of its newest acquisitions, New Place Hotel near Southampton.
The group has also announced the appointment of a new general manager at the hotel to spearhead the development.
Legacy acquired the management of the 110-bed hotel in March 2017 and will now give all bedrooms at the Grade-I listed Manor House an upgrade.
Richard Powell as joined the operation as GM, bringing with him years of senior management experience to the role.
He comes from a background with brands such as Whitbread and Premier Inn.
He says of his appointment, “I’m very pleased to join New Place Hotel at this exciting time as the hotel settles into new ownership and management. Now that the first phase of the refurbishment programme is complete, I’m looking forward to working closely with the team to successfully deliver the remaining phases of the refurbishment over the next few months, whilst focusing on exactly what makes New Place a great venue for leisure breaks, meetings and events, alongside being the region’s premier wedding venue.”
Alongside the hotel’s 110 bedrooms, New Place Hotel is also home to a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms.
Andy Townsend, chief executive officer at Legacy Hotels & Resorts comments, “The general manager role here at New Place Hotel is a varied and rewarding one and we know Richard, as a local guy, with his excellent work history and innovative nature, will drive the hotel forward into its next phase of development and assist us in continuing to position the property as one of the leading hotels in the area and integrate the business into the local community.”
It was announced earlier this month that Legacy Hotels had acquired Crabwell Manor in Chester off a guide price of £6.45m, and will invest a significant amount in the coming months on upgrades and expansions at the property.