Bath repurposing project gets green light

Bath repurposing project gets green light

The Royal Mineral Water Hospital

UK: The former Royal Mineral Water Hospital in Bath is set to be converted into a luxury 160-bed hotel by The Fragrance Group.

The project, led by Fragrance UK – Bath (part of The Fragrance Group), will include spa facilities, meeting spaces, and green walls and roofs to boost the site’s sustainability credentials.

Aaron Evans Architects designed the proposals which have been approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Planning Committee.

Upon completion, the project will invest approximately £35 million into the local economy and create up to 120 new jobs.

Martin Roger, on behalf of Fragrance UK – Bath, said: “We are delighted that members overwhelmingly approved our revised proposals to rejuvenate and sensitively extend Bath’s Royal Mineral Water Hospital, helping to secure the long-term future of this cherished heritage asset. Our revised proposals sought to respond positively to the concerns which were raised during the determination of the previous application for the site, representing a significant amount of engagement with officers, statutory consultees and other stakeholders. 

“We look forward to commencing work as soon as possible and helping to support Bath’s post-Covid recovery through significant investment into the local community and creation of much needed new jobs.” 

The Royal Mineral Water Hospital was acquired by Fragrance Group in 2018 for £21.5 million.

Fragrance Group was founded by Koh Wee Meng of Singapore. Fragrance develop and own hotels throughout Singapore and Australia, and entered the UK hotel market in early 2017 with the purchase of six hotels that still trade under management.

The group has recently secured listed building consent and planning permission for a new 185 bed luxury hotel at the former office of Liverpool City Council.

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