Work starts on £6m revamp of former Beverley Arms Hotel

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

Demolition work has begun on an eyesore building at the former Beverley Arms Hotel, signaling the start of a £6m revamp.

Knocking down the 1960s accommodation block at the rear of the historic hotel is expected to take five weeks.

The demolition work will be followed by a 44-week building programme to breathe new life into the empty building. New owners Thwaites are set to transform the North Bar Within property into a coaching inn.

Restoring the listed building to its former glory is expected to be a major boost for Beverley, drawing more visitors to the town's Georgian Quarter.

Rick Bailey, chief executive officer at Thwaites, described the start of demolition work as “a major milestone" in the long-awaited scheme.

He said: “Our much anticipated rig arrived at the Beverley Arms this week and we are delighted to say we have started demolition work.

“This is a major milestone and one that we have been looking forward to for some time.

"There's a lot of work ahead but we are confident it will be worth the wait – we've got fabulous designs, it's in a great location and we are looking forward to opening next year."

Building work had been held up over worries about big demolition and construction trucks being driven through the town's narrow streets.

Nearby resident John Hickling said: “The contractors have now arrived. They gave us plenty of notice and have been communicating well.

“It was a very tight fit for the plant into Wood Lane but things went well as they arrived, I would classify it has a success. I think people just wish them luck with the build now.

“We are all looking forward to a good quality building that meets the aims of the growing economy in Beverley. I think it is important we have a quality historic hotel. I am sure it will benefit the Georgian Quarter."

The building has been closed for a year, since the former hotel went out of business.

It was originally hoped to re-open the building in August but following planning delays, the opening is now scheduled for April 2018.

Thwaites say the restoration of the landmark building will help secure the long term future of the property and create 60 jobs.

The scheme is for 40 high quality bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, with a number of private dining and meeting rooms.

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