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Brand new conference and event venue for Aubrey Park Hotel

Aubrey Park, an independent hotel nestled within acres of rural woodland, was granted planning approval by St Albans District Council on the 27th July for a brand new conference and event venue. The hotel has recently undergone a £3 million refurbishment programme and was recently granted a 4-star grading by the AA.

The latest phase of development for the award winning hotel, which will proceed during the remainder of this year and is scheduled to open in spring 2016, is a fantastic investment for the local community – with a projected 30% growth in employment and trading with local suppliers for goods and services which will increase by around half a million pounds.

‘We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for our new venue, which will complete our full range of facilities in order to sustain the long term success of the hotel ’, says David Timmis, Managing Director of Aubrey Park Hotel.

Guests will benefit from the state of the art development that can cater for up to 250 guests for weddings, conferences, parties and any personalised events. The venue will feature many up to date amenities such as interactive white boards, energy efficient lights and a top of the range sound system – all set within a stunning contemporary design that will complement with the original listed building.

The hotel team were delighted to receive a unanimous positive response from St Albans District Council planning committee and the full backing from local residents, Redbourn Parish Council, Peter Lilley MP, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and many other individuals which reflects its growing importance as a local amenity, especially after the closure of two other prominent hotels in the area in recent years.

As well as preserving and securing the beautiful Grade II listed original building, Aubrey Park will open up the once hidden Iron Age Fort to the public - at no cost to the community therefore highlighting a historic monument and conserving Redbourn’s heritage.

‘We are committed to improving the environment we work within’, David Timmis continues, ‘and have agreed a five year plan to improve ‘The Aubreys’ for guests and local residents alike’.

The design of the new venue has drawn from the history of the hotel’s architecture dating back over 150 years – when the house was owned by the Dunn family, the well-known London hat-makers. After its renovation, Aubrey Park was used as a holiday escape for the children of London during both World Wars.

There will also be development to the front of the hotel, with a brand new decking area – perfect for summer-time alfresco dining. There are artist’s impressions in the pipe-line and these will be featured on Aubrey Park’s website and social media – so keep your eyes peeled all for new updates. Aubrey Park will also be demolishing a number of older, more tired buildings in the grounds improving the facilities for guests, locals and employees alike.

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