Work is currently underway at the South Parade building where a sauna has been demolished and contractors have been preparing the inside for the major revamp. The Hotel Indigo Bath will open its doors next year replacing Pratt's Hotel, The Halcyon, the former Circo nightclub, derelict property at 6 Duke Street and a former sauna.
The hotel will be owned by the St James's Hotel Group which was granted planning permission last September. It will feature a restaurant, bar and gym and is scheduled to open towards the end of next year.
St James' Hotel Group MD Nicholas Crawley said: "Currently, we have maintained a skeleton staff but when we reopen in 2017 we expect to double the employment opportunities, creating between 50-60 jobs.
"Happily, a number of former employees have indicated that they would like to return. The former general manager of Pratt's Hotel has remained working for the company. Work is in the preliminary stages starting with the demolition of the sauna."
Somerston Capital Limited CEO, Shaun Robinson believes the hotel will be "perfectly positioned" for people visiting the city, quoting a 36 per cent hike in the number of foreign visitors to Bath between 2014 and 2015, according to VisitBritain.
Anna Corkill, IHG's development director for the UK, said: "We are thrilled with Hotel Indigo's performance. We are confident that the Hotel Indigo Bath will become a brand-defining Hotel Indigo property for the south west region, reinforcing our presence in the UK boutique market. It's a perfect site and we're looking forward to working with St James's Hotel Group to welcome even more visitors to Bath in 2017 and beyond."
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