New approach to hotel regeneration

Aerial view of Whipsiderry Hotel site

Truro-based CAD Architects has recently secured planning approval for the redevelopment of two hotels in Newquay.

The proposed schemes for Whipsiderry Hotel and Sandy Lodge implement an innovative model of regeneration by using open market housing to fund the creation of new, high-quality tourist accommodation on the same site.

The Whipsiderry Hotel building will be replaced with four self-catering holiday units alongside six residential houses, five of which will be sold on the open market and one retained as owners’ accommodation.

Sandy Lodge, which is currently under construction, will deliver six apartments and five terraced townhouses, one of which will be lived in by the owners of the hotel. The sale of these dwellings will fund a programme of investment to upgrade the facilities in the existing hotel.

CAD Architects MD, Mark Dawes, said: “This new approach helps solve a number of issues. Firstly, the development secures future income for the hotel owners and means that jobs will be retained and created on the site.

“Secondly, it enables the business to pivot into one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK tourism market – high quality, self-catering accommodation that meets the luxury expectations of today’s visitors. This will help consolidate Newquay’s position as a leading holiday destination.

“And thirdly, building new homes on the site will contribute in a small way to easing the local housing crisis. It is a win-win solution bringing benefits to the owners, staff, local community and the local economy.”