A rundown hotel in Buxton could be transformed into a new ‘world class’ tourist destination if a new plan is given the green light.
A proposal to demolish the existing ‘structurally unsound’ Buckingham Hotel and build a 95-bedroom hotel in its place has been submitted, as owners look to secure the long-term sustainability of the business.
The Buckingham Hotel dates back to 1876 and a council-commissioned report revealed that the costs of repairing its structure were too high.
The hotel’s owners say its redevelopment would create up to 50 full-time jobs and deliver a contemporary, sustainable and accessible hotel attracting more than 45,000 overnight stay visitors a year.
A planning document submitted on the hotel’s behalf reads that there will be ‘beneficial economic consequences for other local businesses through increased visitor spend’.
A pilot hydroponic vertical farm would also be created on site, meaning crops could be produced throughout the year.
Boyarsky Murphy Architects hope the new hotel will provide ‘a place for community social interaction, knowledge transfer and reduced effects of building energy use’.
They wrote: “The new hotel will continue its community role as a meeting place for individuals, local groups and organisations.
“Buildings that include sustainable features also become models for others to follow.”