The newest four-star hotel in Tunbridge Wells has opened its doors to the cameras after a multimillion-pound redevelopment of the building.
These pictures show a sneak preview of One Warwick Park, formerly the Brew House, which will welcome its first guests in summer 2016. It has 38 bedrooms.
Markerstudy Leisure, the group behind the project, says the new hotel will create more than 60 full-time jobs and that it “represents a huge investment in the local economy”.
Nick Moore, group commercial director of Markerstudy Leisure, said: “One Warwick Park will be the most luxurious hotel in Tunbridge Wells. Offering a five-star level of service, it will deliver a luxury experience to a discerning market and promises to have the wow factor in spades.”
Work started in August 2013 to combine the existing Brew House Hotel with the Old School House, neighbouring buildings and a new complex. A tunnel runs underneath Cumberland Walk to connect the different elements.
Robert Jacobs, head of residential at Savills estate agents said One Warwick Park was “great news for the southern end of town”. He added: “Having a glamorous hotel, plus a great restaurant and a decent place to drink is only going to draw people in – and who knows, hotel guests from London may even fall in love with the town and decide to relocate here.”
The hotel will offer function rooms, meeting spaces, wedding facilities and a restaurant, which will be open to the public as well as guests.
A test bedroom has already been completed, while building work continues.
Mr Moore added: “We are working very hard to ensure this phase of building does not impact unnecessarily on our residential and business neighbours. It has been a real feat of engineering to get the sub-basement level constructed, and we thank everyone for their patience. Work is progressing well and we’re confident that when the hotel is finished it will prove itself to be a tremendous asset to the area, benefitting residents, businesses and visitors alike.”
The redevelopment has not been without its critics. Local residents opposed initial plans to construct an overhead walkway linking the buildings. The idea was rejected by the borough council and the tunnel was created instead. Also during building work water running into the famous dipping well on The Pantiles slowed to a trickle for a while and some pointed fingers at the hotel construction as interrupting the flow. The suggestion was robustly rejected by the developers.