Plans have been released for a 100-bedroom Premier Inn hotel in St Ives.
A public exhibition is being held next month to share proposals from Whitbread, the parent company to Premier Inn, for the site of the Trewidden Care Home, Trewidden Road next to Trenwith Car Park.
The proposed hotel has been designed to a high environmental standard in a contemporary style, with design touches that “reference existing architecture” in St Ives. The proposed hotel would be clad with copper as a nod to the mining at Wheal Trenwith which operated close to the site.
In line with Whitbread’s target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, the proposed St Ives hotel will include several sustainable design features. The hotel building will be energy efficient and will be powered by renewable energy drawn from the grid and generated on-site by photovoltaic (PV) cells. The design will also seek to minimise water consumption through low-flow water fittings throughout the hotel. A living roof that doubles as a rainwater collection and attenuation system is also being considered.
If approved, more than £10 million will be invested in the construction of the proposed hotel and 30 new permanent jobs in a variety of roles will be created on opening. It is also estimated that guests of the St Ives Premier Inn would spend around £2.5 million per year in the local economy – £1.2 million of which is expected to be spent during the off-peak season.
Louise Woodruff, property acquisitions manager at Whitbread, said: “This Premier Inn hotel would provide an affordable destination for leisure and business travellers in St Ives throughout the year. We would be bringing a different style of accommodation to the town than is currently available and create permanent employment with the UK’s leading hotel business. As many of our guests go out to eat and drink locally when staying with us, the proposed hotel would also make a significant contribution to the local economy year-round.”
The Trewidden Care home site already has planning permission for a 39-bedroom apart hotel that was granted in 2016 and would occupy a large portion of the site if built. The York Hotel operated from the building until the 1980s and, if approved, Premier Inn’s plans would bring the site back to this original use through the development of a new hotel building.
As Premier Inn works up its plans, two public consultation events and an online webinar are taking place in St Ives during October for people from the local community to view the plans in detail, ask questions to Premier Inn and its development team and give feedback.
The in-person events will take place on:
- Tuesday 11th October, 2pm to 7.30pm, St Ives Leisure Centre, Trenwith Burrows, TR26 1HB; and
- Wednesday 12th October, 10am to 3pm, Greta Williams Room at St Ives Library, Gabriel Street, TR26 2LX
The online webinar will also be held on Tuesday October 18, from 6pm until 7.30pm where the development team will be on hand to describe the proposed design and discuss the operations of the new hotel. To register for the webinar, visit the dedicated website for the proposed development at www.premierinn-stives.co.uk.
Trewidden Care Home is made up of 39 beds and the current residents of the home, their families and the on-site care team have been informed of the plans to redevelop the site by Cornwallis Care Services, which operates the home.
The care home will continue to operate during the planning of the proposed new hotel. If planning permission is granted, the intention is to offer the residents of the Trewidden Care Home the opportunity to transfer to a new residential care home that is currently being constructed in Penzance and is due to complete this autumn.
A planning application for the proposed hotel is anticipated to be submitted to Cornwall Council before Christmas.