10:26AM, Friday 27 May 2016
A well-known hotel could soon go through a major refurbishment after submitting plans to the Royal Borough.
Monkey Island Hotel, which is currently closed, has submitted plans to demolish the existing outbuildings, renovate the existing Pavilion and Temple buildings and create a new building for staff accommodation, an energy centre, and a bin store.
The Advertiser reported that it was rumoured to be closing in October after a bride's wedding was cancelled.
The hotel, off Monkey Island Lane, is under the new ownership of Monkey Island Properties Ltd which wants to ‘invest in the property and its operation to bring it back to sustainable use’.
On the design and access statement it states: “The function spaces within the Pavilion building were tried and dated, the back of the house spaces were shabby. Similarly the accommodation standard provided within the Temple wing simply didn’t live up to the setting expectations of this unique grade 1 listed building and landscape. The Hotel was on a downward spiral to inevitable closure.”
Renovations to the Pavilion building will include enhancing the space by including a new dedicated restaurant space and an eternal terrace facing the river to the East. Back of house storage which is currently in the Pavilion will be moved to a new car park staff accommodation building.
The Temple building will have a ‘light refurbishment’ and the 1950s accommodation wing will be ‘modified’ to provide additional accommodation space.
A new ‘arrival lodge’ will offer guests the full ‘arrival experience’ which will be build on the ‘drama of arrival’ which will act as a welcoming point for guest.
A decision is expected to be made by Monday, August 22.
Visit www.rbwm.gov.uk to view the application in full.