The site, currently a vacant office building, benefits from detailed planning consent for redevelopment into a new 177 bedroom full service hotel with extensive conference facilities.
“This is a rare and exciting growth opportunity for Apex to add to our portfolio and have presence in a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site” said Norman Springford, Chairman of Apex Hotels. “Our properties have developed a great reputation and we hope to emulate this with the opening of our property in Bath”
The full development costs will be in the region of £35m. Work to demolish the current building will begin later this year, with the construction of the new hotel scheduled to begin in May 2015 with an estimated opening date of Autumn 2016. I S Architects, based in Edinburgh, have been appointed to oversee the development project.
The site is situated on the corner of Charles Street and James Street West within Bath City Centre and is ideally located within easy reach of local tourist destinations with the world famous Roman Baths situated just 200 metres away.
“Bath is a beautiful city with world class attractions, festivals and events that attract visitors all year round. We are looking forward to getting to know and working with new partners within the local community” said Angela Vickers, Managing Director of Apex Hotels.
Bath was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987 and boasts elegant Georgian architecture, a wide variety of museums, theatres and other cultural and sporting venues in addition to a vibrant shopping centre. A few minutes walk from the Bath Spa train station, this new hotel development is just a 90 minute journey from London with good rail links to other major cities.