You may remember at the start of 2017, Belway Homes pulled out of plans to build a 12-storey tower block on Bridge Street car park next to Staines Bridge. The scheme included 205 riverside apartments, a restaurant, 140 parking spaces, a gym and communal garden for residents.
It was described as a “ghastly eyesore” by opposition councillors and an “unsympathetic over development” by local residents.
Spelthorne Council Leader Ian Harvey said at the time “It is unlikely we will leave it as a car park as it’s not in the best interests of the site but I can’t say what will ultimately happen.”
Well below is a press release from Spelthorne outlining the next iteration. Not much detail yet but here we go…..
Sent: 04 May 2020 16:05
Subject: Press release: Waterfront hotel development announced for Staines-upon-Thames
04.05.20 News release
Waterfront hotel development announced for Staines-upon-Thames
Spelthorne Borough Council is pleased to announce that following a competitive tender process and unanimous agreement of the Council’s Cabinet, the Arora Group has been awarded the contract to develop Bridge Street Car Park and Hanover House in Staines-upon-Thames for a hotel-led mixed use development.
This landmark development is set to greatly enhance the river frontage at one of the main gateways into Staines-upon-Thames, providing an upscale (4 star) hotel with over 300 guest rooms, conferencing/banqueting facilities, spa, restaurants, bars, leisure and retail facilities together with serviced apartments and residential units. The development will provide a massive economic boost for Spelthorne’s main town and gives a strong signal that even in these challenging times, businesses like the Arora Group can see the untapped potential of the town and are keen to invest in Spelthorne. It is anticipated that over 350 new jobs will be created, providing new career opportunities for local residents.
The Arora Group is keen to gain the views of local residents and will be holding public consultation sessions before a planning application is submitted.
Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Arora Group will be delivering this high-class riverside development which marks a key stage in our plans to regenerate the town. When the consultation phase begins, I think residents will be pleasantly surprised by the clever design features and range of the facilities being proposed by Arora.
“My aim has always been to find sustainable investment models for Spelthorne and the agreement with Arora ensures the land is being used in a way which continues to generate income for council services over the long-term rather than being sold for a one-off payment. Arora demonstrated a strong commitment to the project and desire to invest in the long-term success of the town.”
Surinder Arora, Founder and Executive Chairman of Arora Group, commented: “We are incredibly proud to have been awarded this development opportunity and look forward to working with Spelthorne Council to kick start the regeneration of the town centre. We genuinely believe that the area needs the introduction of a new 4-star hotel development, not only to service existing business and leisure customers but also to attract new opportunities to the area.”
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Arora Hotels is one of the UK’s leading hotel owner-operators with expertise in airport and city centre hotel operations. Current hotels within the portfolio include Sofitel London Heathrow, Sofitel London Gatwick and Novotel London Stansted (under a franchise agreement with Accor), Renaissance London Heathrow (under a franchise agreement with Marriott), InterContinental® London ‒ The O2, Holiday Inn Heathrow Terminal 5, Crowne Plaza London Heathrow Terminal 4, Holiday Inn Express® London Heathrow Terminal 4 (under a franchise agreement with IHG), Hilton London Gatwick and Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 (under a franchise agreement with Hilton Hotel and Resorts), and Arora Hotel Gatwick/Crawley. Under construction and due to open in early 2021 is the Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel. For more information please visit www.thearoragroup.com and due to open in early 2021 is the Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel. For more information please visit www.thearoragroup.com
Head of Communications
Spelthorne Borough Council,
Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB