Xsite Architecture has been appointed to carry out more work on the £20m Commissioners Quay project to regenerate Blyth.
Arch, the Northumberland development company, is focusing efforts on the mixed use landmark scheme, which covers around two hectares and forms part of the broader regeneration of Blyth Estuary and town centre.
Newcastle-based xsite has been enlisted to progress the scheme for a 40-bed inn with a bar and restaurant on the ground floor, overlooking the estuary, through the planning process, which will hopefully be completed next month.
Xsite will also design and deliver the shell of the building and Arch is currently in discussion with a preferred hotel operator.
The hotel development will sit next to Blyth Workspace, the first phase of the scheme which xsite began in 2013, to provide 21,000sqft of new office space.
Workspace opens in March and PR firm Round Table Solutions will be the first tenant to secure a sea view office.
Tim Bailey, partner at xsite, says: “We are right at the beginning of designing the hotel building. We have received support for the concept design and how it sits within the wider Commissioner’s Quay masterplan and our task now is to deliver a building concept that will provide a backdrop for a spectacular river frontage.
“Although not at all similar in its design, the hotel will not only enhance Blyth Workspace and the planned residential scheme which will be located in close proximity, but will be instrumental in effecting the revival of Blyth’s riverfront by creating the potential for attracting substantial inward investment.
“Additionally, one of our key challenges is to ensure the building is located above the level where flooding may occur yet at the same time, create the feeling of a connection to the riverfront.”
Coun Dave Ledger, Arch’s chair and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council added: “This is the next exciting stage in the ongoing development and regeneration of Commissioners Quay.
“For a long time this part of Northumberland has been lacking in good quality hotel accommodation and the introduction of leisure facilities of this type will not only support Arch’s endeavours to attract new enterprise to Blyth, it will also help existing businesses who already attract visitors from out of the area but have so far struggled with overnight accommodation close by.
“I am confident with the hotel’s bar and dining facilities it will also appeal to the wider community as we attract more visitors to the area.”