The £16m renovation project at Low Wood Bay in the Lake District has begun, and now thoughts turn to recruitment as a new set of employment opportunities have arisen as a result of the work.
The hotel in the Lake District announced in January that work will commence on an extension refurbishment programme, which would see all 133 bedrooms given a makeover as well as new leisure facilities and a new spa introduced.
Now as the work nears completion and with the reopening scheduled for the end of April, a new recruitment drive has begun for over 15 new posts, ranging from pastry chefs and night porters to bar supervisors and management staff.
Low Wood Bay, which is owned and operated by English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues, is eventually aiming to provide 30 full-time jobs, on top of the hotel’s original workforce, with a focus on sustainable tourism.
The new jobs include roles for a chef de partie and pastry chef within the resort’s new culinary team, as well as various ‘front of house’ restaurant, conference and banqueting posts for assistants and a supervisor.
Recruitment for housekeeping roles include a room attendant, public area cleaner and floor supervisors, whilst there is also a vacancy within the hotel’s management team for a guest relations and duty manager.
In food & beverage, the hotel is looking for bar service assistants and a bar supervisor. There are also roles available for reception and porter staff, and the leisure club is seeking a spa receptionist, a housekeeper and laundry assistant and a fitness instructor. For watersports and the marina, a general assistant and watersports instructor are required.
Nevil Jeffery, the general manager at Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa, says: “As the construction work to transform the hotel into a luxury resort is progressing and our scheduled opening date draws nearer, we are now looking closely at the recruitment of dedicated catering and hospitality professionals across several key disciplines.
“We have been able to retain our original team within the hotel group, and others who were on temporary contracts will be returning too, but these additional new roles will add to the excitement of the new resort opening its doors for the first time in April after the first phase of our work has been completed.”