Plans for £25M spa complex

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Plans have been unveiled in Falmouth for a £25 million spa complex which, say developers, could create 70 new jobs.

If approved, the new St Michaels Spa & Wellness Resort will be created from the existing St Michaels Hotel & Spa together with the site of the recently acquired Falmouth Beach Hotel, which was destroyed by fire two years ago.

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The scheme includes three restaurants, a health club, extended conference and wedding facilities, local shops, 30 new hotel suites, 51 ocean facing apartments and six woodland eco-lodges.

St Michael’s owner, Nigel Carpenter, said: “We hope to develop an outstanding, premium-quality resort which will create many jobs for local people and bring a lot of business to the town.”

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St Michael’s owner Nigel Carpenter

St Ives-based architect Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole is behind the design of masterplan and director Rachael Gaunt added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Nigel and his team to create a fantastic garden by the sea which unites the existing hotel to a range of exciting new resort facilities, creating a striking and inclusive enhancement to the Gyllyngvase beachfront.”

Details of the masterplan include:

  • Creation of new access road from the beach and underground parking for 170 cars
  • New Reception and arrival lounge for the whole resort
  • New conference and banqueting facilities for over 200 covers
  • Upgrading of St Michaels Hotel & Spa to 85 bedrooms and suites
  • New destination spa
  • Six new eco woodland lodges
  • A new health club
  • 51 south facing apartments which will have full residential consent but be oriented towards leisure/holiday use
  • New restaurant and bar facing the sea as part of the new apartment complex
  • Two new retail outlets focussed upon Cornish produce
  • Gardens and general landscaping following the style of St Michaels and Queen Mary gardens, with flowing water cascading through the site.

The full planning application will be submitted to Cornwall Council later this month, with first works due to commence in January 2015 if all goes accordingly.