Given the unsuitability of the current building, it is intended to create a new hotel for Torquay.
This provides the opportunity to address many of the issues which have arisen over the years caused by the previous hotel having been extended from a domestic building. It will also make more efficient use of this important seafront location.
The current proposals include:
Many of Torquay's seafront buildings use locally distinctive materials, such as red sandstone walls and white render. We plan to use some of these materials within the proposals to ensure the building fits in with the local context and is part of Torquay.
The site's orientation will also influence the external appearance. With the potential for wide-reaching sea views and an easterly outlook unless carefully considered, the building could suffer from overheating from the low morning sun. The most efficient solutions are passive measures, such as solid panels dividing the glazed areas, which do not require mechanical activation and provide a rhythm to the façade.
Internationally recognised 4* Full Service Hotel, with Spa and Rooftop Bar
Approximately 170 guestrooms - more than 60% with sea views
Generous public areas including bar, restaurant, public function rooms and terraces overlooking the bay
Increased on-site parking with provision for blue-badge holders and coaches
Improved vehicular and pedestrian access along Torbay Road
Improved landscape to road frontage and new landscape with pedestrian connection to the northern end of the site.
Indication of the scale of the proposed development, at centre of image
The proposal responds to the prominence of the site, overlooking the bay and forming the edge of the Cockington Valley. To reduce impact the building is divided into two elements which respond to the grain of nearby holiday accommodation with the central section announcing the entrance foyer. The curving, raked north-east elevation creates a gateway to Torquay, at the top of which a rooftop bar provides the best views over the Bay.
Reference images of local buildings and materials. Queens Quay building from Google Earth