A construction company that specialises in building nursing homes and care facilities has “topped off” its first hotel project.
Healthcare Developments Ltd is constructing a three-storey extension at York’s BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel, as part of a major £3m improvement scheme.
In addition to 29 bedrooms, the extension – which is being built to meet the latest BREEAM standards in terms of sound-proofing and environmental considerations – will boast a “flexible” function suite.
Monkbar Hotel General Manager Graham Usher said: “We are delighted with the work of the HDS team, and we are looking forward to being able to have the new bedrooms and function suite in use just before Christmas.
“This scheme, which also includes the refurbishment of our existing public and guest rooms, will lift our BEST WESTERN status from three star to four star plus.
“It will also herald the way for the introduction of new food & beverage experiences for residential guests, diners and conference delegates alike.”
HDS site manager John Thompson said: “We have successfully worked with the hotel’s owners on a number of nursing home projects in the past, hence them turning to us for this extension.
“Since our launch in 1995, we have completed more than 100 projects, including nursing homes, day nurseries and retirement flats. By the end of this year we will be able to add hotels to our growing list.
“We arrived on site in early May and the ‘topping off’ took place this week. The good news is we are on schedule to have all our work completed in time for Christmas.”
The Monkbar Hotel was purchased in 2007 by Shiva Hotels, which owns venues in London, Derby, Manchester and Coventry, and recently opened two Hampton by Hilton hotels at Waterloo and Gatwick.
Shiva Hotels sister company, Shiva Nursing Homes, owns a number of nursing homes around the country.