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Belfry unveils expansion plans

Four time Ryder Cup host venue The Belfry has unveiled exciting family focused expansion plans, which could create as many as 100 new jobs.Former Ryder Cup host venue to get a new ‘family focussed’ facelift, creating 100 new jobs

By Chris Johnston

Four-time Ryder Cup host venue The Belfry has unveiled exciting family-focused expansion plans, which could create as many as 100 new jobs.

The proposals include a new indoor, self-contained water entertainment area, specifically designed for hotels residents, and a luxury spa facility.

The plans also include proposals for a new 500-seated conference facility - which can hold up to 700 guests for banqueting and ballroom functions - and an additional 112 hotel bedrooms.

The Belfry Hotel and Resort owner KSL Capital Partners has appointed national planning and development consultancy Lichfields to progress the application on its behalf.

Lichfields is holding a consultation event and is inviting members of the local community to attend and learn, in detail, of the new plans for the popular venue, which last hosted the Ryder Cup in 2002.

OVERHAUL

Ian Kettlewell, Planning Director at Lichfields, said: “These proposals encompass a substantial investment and overhaul of the existing resort and venue.

“The aim is to develop and improve on The Belfry’s current offering making the hotel and resort more attractive to families.”

The proposals involve converting the existing Bel Air nightclub into a new state-of-the-art spa, to be operated by world-leading leisure firm Espa.

The scheme is being designed by London based EPR Architects who specialise in luxury and boutique hotels.

While the new indoor waterpark will designed by internationally renowned water park designer WTI, who have designed numerous water parks in the US, Europe and Australia.

The hotel currently has 320 bedrooms and 40 of the 112 new bedrooms will be directly connected to the new spa.

MrKettlewell said the development will create 100 new jobs. The venue currently employs 674 full-time staff.

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