Ambitious hotel plans could create dozens of new jobs
THE owners of Mottram Hall Hotel hope to build 48 new bedrooms and generate 32 new jobs with ambitious plans for a £6.5million extension.
Q hotels, which bought the Grade II* Listed building on Wilmslow Road in Mottram St Andrew 18 months ago, has applied for Listed Building Consent to allow the proposed extension.
The hotel, which currently employs 108 full time and 116 part time employees, will employ a further 32 full time members of staff if plans go ahead.
They also say the extension would make the hotel more accessible for disabled guests with plans for a single level reception area rather than the current two level system.
Michael Lavizani, general manager at the hotel, said the plans will be a huge economic benefit to the community.
He said: “We thankfully enjoy extremely high occupancy at the hotel which is fantastic for the area, but due to the amount of rooms we have we are somewhat limited.
“We’ve applied for a further 45 bedrooms which will enhance the hotel and help the local economy in terms of employment and economy, and will bring more people to the area, both for conference and leisure.
“We get visitors from all over the world, we are very fortunate, so this extension would help us develop that further.”
The plans include new meeting rooms with the enlargement of an existing function suite; an extension to provide 34 new bedrooms; the refurbishment of the south wing to provide 15 additional bedrooms; alterations to the main reception area; 52 additional car parking spaces and a new service hub and yard.
The original 18th century house was constructed in about 1750 and became a guest house for employees of Ferguson and Pailin electrical engineers in 1939 before being converted to a hotel in 1971 by way of large extensions containing ancillary uses and bedrooms.
Further extensions in subsequent years provided spa and leisure facilities. Other alterations have included changes to the spa, reception area and the ground floor rooms within the original house, along with the construction of a standalone golf clubhouse.
A Heritage Statement written by Kitson Architecture Ltd on behalf of Q Hotels says the needs of the development outweighs the impact on the site as a heritage asset.
It reads: “The existing meeting rooms are inadequate and poorly located within the hotel, causing operational issues.
“We feel that the impact on the heritage asset is minimal and vastly outweighed by the improvements to the operation of the hotel in its efficiency, accessibility and facilities, thereby ensuring a viable future for the hotel business and by association the heritage asset.”
The planning application is expected to go before the Northern Planning Committee on August 10 and bosses hope that if given the go ahead, work can begin at the beginning of next year.
The final date for public comments is July 7.
●● Listed Building Consent is required to make any alterations to the Grade II* Listed building at Mottram Hall