The re-opening of this transformed hotel has been delayed

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Dec 2017

Ambitious work to transform the former Beverley Arms Hotel is taking longer than expected, delaying its re-opening.

New owners Thwaites had been targeting April 2018 for a grand re-opening of the historic hotel which shut last year.

But unexpected construction problems on the major £6m project have now pushed the target date back to June 2018.

The Mail was given a tour of the Georgian building in North Bar Within, which is being transformed into a flagship coaching inn.

Since work started in June, an eyesore 1960s bedroom block at the rear of the hotel has been knocked down to make way for the construction of a new 40-bed extension.

Inside the former hotel, the rooms have been stripped out to pave the way for the Grade 2 listed building's transformation into a five star (AA grade) coaching inn.

A room inside the Beverley Arms Hotel (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Steve Martin, operations director for Thwaites, said: “Obviously with a building of this type we have hit some problems construction-wise.

“We have now got over all those issues. The only thing that can slow us down now is the weather.

“We are aiming for a June opening. If the weather is kind to us we will be ready to open in June, if not it will be later.”

Thwaites' operations director Steve Martin at the rear of the former Beverley Arms Hotel (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

As many as 60 builders have been working on the site at any time, excluding weekends.

Mr Martin said: “We have demolished everything that was not originally the Grade 2 listed building.

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“We have had to pile down to a depth of 14 metres for the new building, which has involved going through three to four metres of concrete to put the piles in.

The rear of the former Beverley Arms Hotel (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

“It is hard to picture it at the moment, but it will be amazing when it is finished, it will be the biggest inn in the Thwaites Inns of Character collection.

“We are aiming for it to be an AA five star inn.”

The building was acquired by Thwaites, which was AA Hotel Group of the Year in 2016-17, after the Beverley Arms Hotel shut in February 2016.

Inside the former Beverley Arms Hotel (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Paul Dale, acquisitions manager for Thwaites, said: “We knew we would have to do a lot of work and we have ended up doing maybe more work than we expected.

“Six months ago it looked like a hotel, now it looks nothing like a hotel but in six months it will look like a hotel again.”

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