Heavy earthmoving machinery has transformed the site of the former Palace Hotel in Torquay. Work is now well advanced to build 37 luxury homes on the site of the tennis courts.
The inhabitants of Babbacombe have been warned that the work will last two years. It’s part of £150million plans by Singapore-based Fragrance Group, which has bought the Palace Hotel and 19 acres of parkland in Babbacombe along with three other sites on the English Riviera for new state-of-the-art hotels. .
Plans have been approved for a modern luxury spa and nine-story hotel. Now Brady Construction Services is building the new homes on the lower half of the site off Anstey’s Cove Road – but no mention has yet been made of the start of construction work on the luxury hotel. Planners were told it would be the “first five-star hotel” built in Torbay for generations.
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So far earth-moving machinery has leveled the terraces of the new 37-house ‘village’ and moved several tonnes of earth across Anstey’s Cove Road to the former site of the hotel. All that remains today is the former independent steward’s house off Babbacombe Road.
Elsewhere in Torbay, the Fragrance Group is continuing its £23million plans for the former Corbyn Head Hotel in Livermead. Work on the new hotel will begin this summer and end in summer 2024. The new hotel will have 152 rooms, a restaurant and terraces that overlook the bay. There will also be a rooftop spa and bar on site, with parking for 101 cars and a drop-off area for coaches. The old Corbyn Head Hotel was demolished in early 2020.
Singapore investors’ £30million plans for two new beachfront hotels in Paignton – the Mercure and the Ibis Styles have been delayed by the collapse of Midas Construction. Work has now resumed after the collapse of Midas, which entered administration in January blaming a toxic cocktail of Covid, inflation and cash flow problems.
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