Proposals for the first and new, UNESCO landscape inspired, five star hotel to be built in the South West of England for a generation are set for approval. Torbay Council’s planning committee voted to delegate the final decision for the £60m hotel project to the Assistant Director of Planning.
The plans for the redevelopment of the 20 acre Palace Hotel site in Torquay were drawn up by leading hotel and destination architects Kay Elliott on behalf of their client, the Singapore based Fragrance Group.
Set at the confluence of two valleys overlooking Lyme Bay, the proposals replace the existing outdated hotel with a new 248 guest room luxury five star hotel with conference facilities, destination spa, restaurant, rooftop bar and basement car parking.
Located within the UNESCO designated English Riviera Global Geopark, the proposed hotel’s elevational grid references the areas unique local geology, the reveals edged in a gold copper alloy, mirroring a rare seam of British gold located a mile from the site. The development also plans to source coral rich, Devonian marble for the public spaces, which was once exported from local quarries to sites throughout the world.
The rooftop bar, with its eight cantilevered roof, benefits from spectacular views across Lyme Bay and the restored 19th century picturesque parkland below. Inspired by the work of Humphry Repton, the landscape includes sweeping lawns, wooded slopes, a number of specimen trees and a south facing Italianate spa garden with external pools.
The adjacent kitchen garden site, which once housed the original hotels leisure facilities, will accommodate 38 new bespoke family homes, inspired by the surrounding woodland and restored historic gardeners’ cottages.