£20m transformation for Worthing hotel

DETAILS have been revealed of a £20 million transformation of Worthing's Beach Hotel into a luxury attraction with spa and leisure facilities.

Local developer Roffey Homes has submitted a planning application for a scheme to create a contemporary hotel alongside new apartments, aimed to help rejuvenate the seafront and attract new visitors to the town.

It will be the first purpose-built hotel constructed in Worthing for more than a century.

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Facilities will include a swimming pool, health spa and beauty treatment rooms.

There will be 49 adjoining luxury apartments, where residents will enjoy concierge facilities. Both the hotel and apartments will be designed by award-winning Devereux Architects.

The proposed hotel will provide versatile accommodation for leisure and business users with 76 de-luxe guest rooms and suites.

Another 24 bedrooms will be available within a secondary block located north of the site, which can also be adapted to offer a combination of eight standard rooms and 16 one-bedroom serviced apartments for longer-term stay or short-term lets.

Opened in 1935, the present Beach Hotel has 80 bedrooms (45 double and 35 single), and employs 50 full and part time staff.

Plans for the development are expected to be considered by the borough council's development control committee within the next three months. If approved, construction is expected to take two to three years.

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