A Sunderland design firm has drawn up impressive images showing how the interior of a luxury quayside hotel will look.
The Journal announced last week plans by Gainford Hotels to transform a former Newcastle bar into a multi-million pound hotel, bringing more than 100 new jobs to the region.
Chase Bar on Newcastle Quayside has lain empty for more than three months – but the new owners have big plans for the building, as well as the adjoining floors above.
The Chester-le-Street hotel firm is investing several million pounds into transforming the site into one-of-a-kind accommodation called The Vermont Aparthotel, a luxury destination to complement the firm’s other property nearby, The Vermont Hotel.
The development has financial backing from Santander’s corporate and commercial department in Newcastle.
The hotel will have two penthouse suites and 11 luxury apartments which will be on higher floors adjacent to the existing bar and is set to open in 2015. After the hotel is complete the firm will turn its attention to the former Chase Bar interior, which will renovated into a new entertainment venue, potentially with a bar and restaurant.
Images produced by Sunderland’s Space ID show the level of opulent detail they will use when decorating and furnishing the interior.
The computer generated pictures show luxurious living areas and a bathroom more akin to a five-star spa.
A spokesman for Gainford Hotels, which employs 400 people, said: “We think nothing like this will have been seen outside of London – it’s going to be high-end accommodation.
“Lots of sub contractors are working on the hotel at the moment and when it’s finished it will have the same level of service as you get in any top hotels, with 24-hour room service and concierge, but each apartment will be designed so that guests can relax and cater for themselves if they want to.
“They can be picked up from the airport or train station by our Rolls Royce chauffeur which we also have at the nearby Vermont Hotel, and then go back to their apartment which will have a kitchen area, living room, dining room and two bedrooms both with en suite.
“Our main aim is to restore the heritage of the Quayside, which is already under way through the opening of news bars and restaurants and work on the new Tune hotel.
“The Quayside area is a beautiful place but it has been a little neglected. Once we get the hotel up and running it is in a prime location that is gradually being restored.”
Ian Massey, relationship director at Santander Corporate & Commercial said: “We are delighted to be supporting the management team at Gainford Hotels in this exciting, landmark redevelopment in Newcastle.
“This initiative will not only revitalise a key building in the city, it will also create significant new employment opportunities. Santander Corporate & Commercial is very proud to be involved in and funding this initiative.”