£20 million expansion of Formby Hall granted

UK: Liverpool’s Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa has been given the go-ahead for a £20 million expansion and upgrade.

The plans include a 43-bedroom extension, the construction of 15 two-bedroom luxury lodges, a new golf clubhouse, a stand alone spa, expansion of the restaurant, and an enhanced leisure club.

The scale of the development will see the resort facilities more than double.

Works to the woodland lodges, spa, and bedrooms will begin early 2020 outside of the key trading season. The lodges are expected to welcome guests from Autumn that year, where access to the hotel’s main services will be available via buggy.

The lakeside spa will comprise 12 treatment rooms, several relaxation areas, an extensive suite of thermal experiences, indoor and outdoor vitality pools and hot tubs, internal and alfresco dining, along with a terrace with sunken fire pits and day beds.

A two-storey golf clubhouse will overlook the first tee, and will include a ground floor restaurant and bar, golf facilities and a pro shop. An event space with a capacity of 320 guests will sit on the first floor.

The owners are currently talking to a shortlist of investors for the development, and are considering working with strategic partners. CBRE Hotels have been appointed to advise on the partnership process.

Director, Christopher King, said: “Our ambition is to deliver a world class, multi-purpose resort which provides a new standard of accommodation and facilities. This will not only optimise Formby Hall’s own potential, but also give the area known as England’s Golf Coast, boasting 13 other finest golf courses in Britain including venues for The Open, a competitive advantage over other golf destinations in the UK and Europe. We know we will make a distinctive contribution to tourism in the region and enhance the economy.”

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa was founded in the mid-1990’s as a championship golf course, where a PGA (professional golfers’ association) teaching academy was added in 2008.

The property was acquired by Formby Leisure Holdings in 2016, and has since invested £4 million into the resort. The recent opening of the Tommy Fleetwood Golf Academy in June 2019, to develop the next generation of players, has added further golfing credentials to the site.

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