Bournemouth has seen significant investment in recent years with the opening of new hotels such as the Hilton and Hampton by Hilton in the centre of the resort. The trend is set to continue with more developments underway as Bournemouth’s world class vision for the future becomes a reality. Here are some of the key projects being completed and contributing to the destination’s premier status.
As a traditional seaside resort with a cosmopolitan twist, there has been a flurry of developments across Bournemouth hotels.
Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton restoring it back to its former glory. The Cliffeside Hotel recently underwent a transformation to refurbish and rebrand as the Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa. Derby Manor also invested in a revamp to restore the hotel’s Edwardian charm, at the same time adding a contemporary feel. It has already attracted over 20,000 guests through the door since opening last February. The Lansdowne area of the town is set to benefit from a Premier Inn which is part of the new Lansdowne Plaza complex due for completion in late spring 2018.
New for this year, the Miramar has spent £200k on a new product management system, interior décor and a rebrand of the restaurant – now called No. 43 at the Miramar – with a new, modern classic look. On the horizon, the Belvedere Hotel has received planning permission for a significant new hotel development.
Bournemouth is famed for its seafront and work on a world class vision for the resort kicked off in 2015 with a project to improve the Pier Approach area. This included re-landscaping, the installation of water play features and the creation of a new, award winning tourist information centre. The second phase of these developments is now underway.
Work continues with 21 new super beach huts at Southbourne and a £1.3m scheme to provide overnight beach huts at Manor Steps has launched to rave reviews in national media. Work is also now completed on a treasure island themed playground and new super huts at Alum Chine.
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In a significant and much-anticipated development, Exeter Road is now home to a newly launched 10-screen 2,000-seat Odeon cinema together with 14 restaurants named BH2. Several new dining venues have sprung up in Bournemouth in recent years including the conversion of the old tourist information centre building into a restaurant and the expansion of Koh Thai tapas as it continues to invest in new properties. Vibrant Latin American restaurant, Las Iguanas, also opened in Bournemouth in June 2017, adding to the tropical and sun kissed colour of the resort.
Bournemouth town centre has been heavily invested in over the past three years, including increased student accommodation and multi-storey parking. Key central locations Richmond Hill and Horseshoe Common have undergone re-landscaping and improved street layout. Beales Place, in the heart of the shopping district, is also being pedestrianised. A busy construction schedule is set to continue over the next few years and schemes currently going through the planning process include increased residential flats, commercial units and car parking.
In 2015, Bournemouth was identified as the UK’s fastest growing digital economy. It has two high performing, fast growing universities with specialisms that support Bournemouth’s key sectors producing high-quality talent.
At the end of 2016, it was announced that Bournemouth will be at the forefront of plans to introduce 5G mobile coverage. Ordnance Survey will develop a planning and mapping tool by creating a digital twin of the town to identify where best to place the antennae for a 5G network.