New Falmouth Beach Hotel design revealed
5:05pm Friday 24th August 2012 in News
Designers working to resurrect the fire-ravaged Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel have unveiled the new-look building to the public.
Dozens attended the open meeting at the Green Lawns Hotel yesterday, where the first images of the redesigned hotel were put on show.
The 120-bedroom seafront hotel was gutted by fire on April 30, leaving most of the building beyond repair. The condemned sections of the hotel are currently being demolished at the site opposite Gyllyngvase Beach.
The unrendered images, which show the proposed structure of the building, were presented by project manager Tony Gale, from international construction company MACE, and lead architect Owen Beynon, from Alan Leather Associates of St Austell .
Materials to be used in the rebuild have yet to be decided.
Tony introduced the main image saying there was an emphasis on Falmouth Beach Hotel’s place "at the heart of the local community."
Tony said: "Taking on the project it quickly became clear how much a part of the community the old hotel was, so the design team have really strived to create something with the same great presence.
"Essentially the new hotel will be a similar building in terms of appearance and facilities, built to offer all the functions of the previous hotel, but with a more efficient and rational design.
“We were very keen to pick up on the architectural detail of the local area while also staying true to the design of the original hotel."
Ian explained that the new design would maximise the number of sea view rooms on offer, while replacing and re-imagining each of the function rooms .
The hotel team had hoped to display internal plans of the hotel as well as the external frontage but felt that these were not yet ready to be revealed.
Falmouth Beach Hotel’s general manager Ryan Ohly said: “We’re overwhelmed by the interest in the hotel plans, the number of people here and the enthusiasm for the new hotel is fantastic.”
The plans are due to be submitted for planning permission on September 3 and are expected to take eight to 12 weeks to be assessed. Follow the rebuild online on the Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel blog: www.bwfalmouthbeachhotel.wordpress.com