Plymouth plans for Watergate Bay

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A piece of Watergate Bay could soon be opening in Plymouth.

Plans are gaining momentum for a 60-bedroom ‘urban boutique hotel’ in the regeneration area of Royal William Yard.

Will Ashworth (l) outside the Melville Buidling with Plymouth City Council leader, Tudor Evans
Will Ashworth (l) outside the Melville Building with Plymouth City Council leader, Tudor Evans

An agreement for lease on the Melville Building has been signed between developer Urban Splash and the team behind the Watergate Bay Hotel, in north Cornwall. The design will be centred around the distinctive clock tower and courtyard, overlooking the marina.

Watergate Bay Hotel’s MD, Will Ashworth, said: “When we first arrived at Royal William Yard and saw the potential of the Melville building, I immediately knew we could create something really exciting.

“Our north Cornwall hotel has its own special sense of style and tone, and our aim is to take this and develop it in a way that is right for Royal William Yard.”

Nathan Cornish from Urban Splash added: “It has long been our intention to bring a quality hotel operator to the Yard and this announcement is a big step in making this a reality. There is lots of hard work ahead before the scheme gets on site and we look forward to working with Watergate Bay through the planning and development process to further realise our vision of a thriving mixed use community.”

It is hoped that building work will begin in Spring 2014.

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