Hotels plan for Terrace Mount site hailed “fantastic for Bournemouth”

UPMARKET: Greg Clark, left, visiting Terrace Mount with Stephen Cassidy and Cllr John Beesley

UPMARKET: Greg Clark, left, visiting Terrace Mount with Stephen Cassidy and Cllr John Beesley

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A GOVERNMENT minister has hailed a new hotel project in Bournemouth as ‘fantastic’ for the town.

Minister of state at the Cabinet Office responsible for cities policy, Greg Clark, visited the Terrace Mount site, where two new Hilton Hotels are being built.

Work started last September and since then tonnes of rubble have been unearthed to make way for the hotels, 60 apartments and more than 200 parking spaces.

The hope is that one of the hotels will be awarded five-star status, the first in the town to gain that accolade for some time.

The upmarket hotel will also be home to a sky bar, offering views across the town, while the second hotel will be three-star.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Echo, Mr Clark said: “It’s a phenomenal engineering achievement, apart from anything else, and to have two new hotels close to both the conference centre and the town centre is going to be fantastic for Bournemouth.”

Mr Clark is the minister responsible for the Government’s Growth Deal, which, as reported in the Daily Echo on Monday, saw £66million earmarked for projects in Dorset, including improvements to the infrastructure around Bournemouth Airport and the port of Poole.

He added: “We announced the Growth Deals on Monday and Bournemouth has done well out of that.

“I was keen to make sure that places that had the potential to create jobs had the backing.

“The more companies that come in, the more jobs that are created.”

The development will bring the Hilton name back to Bournemouth after an absence of some years.

Stephen Cassidy, vice president of operations at Hilton Worldwide, told the Echo: “It’s been an opportunity to come back to Bournemouth, which obviously is a fantastic tourism and commercial centre, and it’s important that Hilton has a presence in places like Bournemouth.

“Our hope is that it will be attractive to tourists coming into the Bournemouth area and will it provide offerings such as the executive lounge for business people. I have every confidence that it will be a huge success.”

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth council, added: “It’s coming on according to schedule, it’s very exciting to see such a large-scale development taking place right in the heart of Bournemouth and what it will do is enhance not only our tourism offer, but our business offer for the BIC and that’s crucial.”

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11:25am Sun 13 Jul 14

John T says...

No doubt, we will all be in this 5* hotel together!
No doubt, we will all be in this 5* hotel together! John T
  • Score: -17

11:31am Sun 13 Jul 14

Ragwin says...

Shame they couldn't have come with some slightly more imaginative names for the latest buildings going up in town. Terrace Mount and Leyton Mount sound a bit dull. No doubt they'll pick up nicknames. But it is a bold idea to plant a 5 star hotel in the centre of town and might help to get some big name companies to think about having a presence here.
Shame they couldn't have come with some slightly more imaginative names for the latest buildings going up in town. Terrace Mount and Leyton Mount sound a bit dull. No doubt they'll pick up nicknames. But it is a bold idea to plant a 5 star hotel in the centre of town and might help to get some big name companies to think about having a presence here. Ragwin
  • Score: -15

12:10pm Sun 13 Jul 14

maru says...

John T wrote:
No doubt, we will all be in this 5* hotel together!
yes
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: No doubt, we will all be in this 5* hotel together![/p][/quote]yes maru
  • Score: 18

12:17pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Hobie18007 says...

maru wrote:
John T wrote:
No doubt, we will all be in this 5* hotel together!
yes
Confused by this remark...please clarify what you mean by it!
[quote][p][bold]maru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: No doubt, we will all be in this 5* hotel together![/p][/quote]yes[/p][/quote]Confused by this remark...please clarify what you mean by it! Hobie18007
  • Score: -20

12:31pm Sun 13 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

'Terrace Mount' and 'Leyton Mount' does conjure up thoughts of a pair of 1960's Council Flats or Office blocks.

But then in all the 'iconic' 5-star Hotel media PR they do tend to skirt over the sixty residential flats integral to the project - which might be more than a little indicative of the long term future for both the entire buildings.
'Terrace Mount' and 'Leyton Mount' does conjure up thoughts of a pair of 1960's Council Flats or Office blocks. But then in all the 'iconic' 5-star Hotel media PR they do tend to skirt over the sixty residential flats integral to the project - which might be more than a little indicative of the long term future for both the entire buildings. muscliffman
  • Score: -13

12:32pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Townee says...

I'm sure all the hotels who put up delegates to conferences at the BIC will love this development, it's going to hit them hard.
It's nice to be able to have a 5* hotel but now we need the five star attractions to make people come to the area. Not just a hole in the beach front that used to have a useless cinema.
I'm sure all the hotels who put up delegates to conferences at the BIC will love this development, it's going to hit them hard. It's nice to be able to have a 5* hotel but now we need the five star attractions to make people come to the area. Not just a hole in the beach front that used to have a useless cinema. Townee
  • Score: -8

1:44pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

so another car park has been handed over to favoured developers to cram in a large number of flats

all done out of the goodness of heart of Bournemouth councillors

hmmmm
so another car park has been handed over to favoured developers to cram in a large number of flats all done out of the goodness of heart of Bournemouth councillors hmmmm Bob49
  • Score: -16

1:57pm Sun 13 Jul 14

crazycrane3 says...

The 5 star one does sound great and will add some much needed 'glamour' to the area. I hope things get done to sort out the seedier areas and dodgy nighttime antics. Also any chance of sorting out a couple of suicidal slip roads like Richmond Hill and Blackwater Junction whilst your at it please?! Still as dangerous as ever.
The 5 star one does sound great and will add some much needed 'glamour' to the area. I hope things get done to sort out the seedier areas and dodgy nighttime antics. Also any chance of sorting out a couple of suicidal slip roads like Richmond Hill and Blackwater Junction whilst your at it please?! Still as dangerous as ever. crazycrane3
  • Score: -3

2:30pm Sun 13 Jul 14

BmthNewshound says...

So a very junior Tory government minister who no one has ever heard of comes to town to support the local Tory council leader.
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I'm still struggling to understand why developers are confident that Bournemouth can sustain a 5 star hotel. The positive impact of new purpose built hotels, whatever their star rating, is that they will force some of existing hotels which are looking old and tired to either up their game or be forced out of business which can only be a good thing for the tourist and conference industries.
So a very junior Tory government minister who no one has ever heard of comes to town to support the local Tory council leader. . I'm still struggling to understand why developers are confident that Bournemouth can sustain a 5 star hotel. The positive impact of new purpose built hotels, whatever their star rating, is that they will force some of existing hotels which are looking old and tired to either up their game or be forced out of business which can only be a good thing for the tourist and conference industries. BmthNewshound
  • Score: -13

3:17pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

He is hardly likely to say this looks like a disaster is he.
He is hardly likely to say this looks like a disaster is he. Lord Spring
  • Score: -12

4:20pm Sun 13 Jul 14

FerryFan says...

Living close by the development and seeing all the beggars, street drinkers and druggies loitering about, I would hardly call it a prime location for a five star hotel. You might just get an obnoxious bearded guitar player sitting outside your establishment, who will beg if people don't think he's exactly Eric Clapton - that bloke has been quite abusive when told no when he asked me for money.
Living close by the development and seeing all the beggars, street drinkers and druggies loitering about, I would hardly call it a prime location for a five star hotel. You might just get an obnoxious bearded guitar player sitting outside your establishment, who will beg if people don't think he's exactly Eric Clapton - that bloke has been quite abusive when told no when he asked me for money. FerryFan
  • Score: -9

4:48pm Sun 13 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

A 5* hotel is a start: now, Bournemouth councilors, tackle all the other issues in the town if you want Bournemouth to go back upmarket.
A 5* hotel is a start: now, Bournemouth councilors, tackle all the other issues in the town if you want Bournemouth to go back upmarket. folkprotector
  • Score: -1

4:50pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

The surf reef was hailed as fantastic for Boscombe and look what happened to that.
The surf reef was hailed as fantastic for Boscombe and look what happened to that. Hessenford
  • Score: -8

5:06pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Glashen says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
So a very junior Tory government minister who no one has ever heard of comes to town to support the local Tory council leader.
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I'm still struggling to understand why developers are confident that Bournemouth can sustain a 5 star hotel. The positive impact of new purpose built hotels, whatever their star rating, is that they will force some of existing hotels which are looking old and tired to either up their game or be forced out of business which can only be a good thing for the tourist and conference industries.
It is a good point about why they have confidence to invest this amount off cash, I think we can presume it isn't on a hope and a prayer and it isn't the developers but the banks that back them that hold the purse strings. .
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I think it indicates that there is money to be made and this will be the first of a number of big developments on the east cliff, which will look very different in 10 years, let's hope the council make sure it the right sort of different.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: So a very junior Tory government minister who no one has ever heard of comes to town to support the local Tory council leader. . I'm still struggling to understand why developers are confident that Bournemouth can sustain a 5 star hotel. The positive impact of new purpose built hotels, whatever their star rating, is that they will force some of existing hotels which are looking old and tired to either up their game or be forced out of business which can only be a good thing for the tourist and conference industries.[/p][/quote]It is a good point about why they have confidence to invest this amount off cash, I think we can presume it isn't on a hope and a prayer and it isn't the developers but the banks that back them that hold the purse strings. . . I think it indicates that there is money to be made and this will be the first of a number of big developments on the east cliff, which will look very different in 10 years, let's hope the council make sure it the right sort of different. Glashen
  • Score: -12

5:23pm Sun 13 Jul 14

ShuttleX says...

FerryFan wrote:
Living close by the development and seeing all the beggars, street drinkers and druggies loitering about, I would hardly call it a prime location for a five star hotel. You might just get an obnoxious bearded guitar player sitting outside your establishment, who will beg if people don't think he's exactly Eric Clapton - that bloke has been quite abusive when told no when he asked me for money.
It's to be a 5* hotel. Do you really think beggers etc are going to be allowed anywhere near it once it's open. Beesley will be on the phone to the police straight away, and the beggers etc will be moved on, or arrested pretty quick. I too will be interested to see if a 5* can survive in Bournemouth. I can't see the hens and stags staying there. What happens when there are no conferences on? Are people who are not on expense accounts really going to come to Bournemouth? If so, what for? Besides lots of clubs and takeaways, what does the town centre offer?
[quote][p][bold]FerryFan[/bold] wrote: Living close by the development and seeing all the beggars, street drinkers and druggies loitering about, I would hardly call it a prime location for a five star hotel. You might just get an obnoxious bearded guitar player sitting outside your establishment, who will beg if people don't think he's exactly Eric Clapton - that bloke has been quite abusive when told no when he asked me for money.[/p][/quote]It's to be a 5* hotel. Do you really think beggers etc are going to be allowed anywhere near it once it's open. Beesley will be on the phone to the police straight away, and the beggers etc will be moved on, or arrested pretty quick. I too will be interested to see if a 5* can survive in Bournemouth. I can't see the hens and stags staying there. What happens when there are no conferences on? Are people who are not on expense accounts really going to come to Bournemouth? If so, what for? Besides lots of clubs and takeaways, what does the town centre offer? ShuttleX
  • Score: -7

6:26pm Sun 13 Jul 14

drJones says...

wow do we live surrounded by moaners?! its 2 hotels, is it really a problem for you all?! get a grip and enjoy life, rather than moan here!
wow do we live surrounded by moaners?! its 2 hotels, is it really a problem for you all?! get a grip and enjoy life, rather than moan here! drJones
  • Score: -9

6:27pm Sun 13 Jul 14

TWERLY says...

I wonder if they will employ the Hengistbury Head Noddy train to shuffle the guests between the hotels, the car park and anywhere else they find suitable for increasing votability !??
I wonder if they will employ the Hengistbury Head Noddy train to shuffle the guests between the hotels, the car park and anywhere else they find suitable for increasing votability !?? TWERLY
  • Score: -12

6:38pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Count Mehin says...

Will it have the charm of the seaside hotels? I doubt it.
Will it have the charm of the seaside hotels? I doubt it. Count Mehin
  • Score: -12

7:37pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

Hessenford wrote:
The surf reef was hailed as fantastic for Boscombe and look what happened to that.
merely a cover to justify handing over a seafront carpark to developers

of course this one is different

isn't it ?
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: The surf reef was hailed as fantastic for Boscombe and look what happened to that.[/p][/quote]merely a cover to justify handing over a seafront carpark to developers of course this one is different isn't it ? Bob49
  • Score: -8

9:11pm Sun 13 Jul 14

steveatbournemouth says...

Moaners why don't you leave if it's that bad. I think this is a positive step forward. Moaners look up "positive"
Moaners why don't you leave if it's that bad. I think this is a positive step forward. Moaners look up "positive" steveatbournemouth
  • Score: -8

9:53pm Sun 13 Jul 14

elfinia says...

I think that a posh hotel will work up there as it's truly is a glorious location with a fabulous view.....at least equal to the fabulous view from the higher South facing wards of Poole Hospital.

I think Terrace Mount is an OK name staying true to the history of the area and the terraced houses. I remember the terraced fisherman's cottages in Terrace Rd demolished in the mid sixties...does anybody else ?
I think that a posh hotel will work up there as it's truly is a glorious location with a fabulous view.....at least equal to the fabulous view from the higher South facing wards of Poole Hospital. I think Terrace Mount is an OK name staying true to the history of the area and the terraced houses. I remember the terraced fisherman's cottages in Terrace Rd demolished in the mid sixties...does anybody else ? elfinia
  • Score: -7

11:24pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Mangiafuoco says...

What a joke. Unfortunately, the only people this town attracts these days are the hen/stag party brigades. They tend to stay in £30 per night hovels in the triangle area of town and spend all their money on cheap booze in Weatherspoon pubs. Who on earth is going to pay £100 per night plus to stay in a five star hotel in Bournemouth??
What a joke. Unfortunately, the only people this town attracts these days are the hen/stag party brigades. They tend to stay in £30 per night hovels in the triangle area of town and spend all their money on cheap booze in Weatherspoon pubs. Who on earth is going to pay £100 per night plus to stay in a five star hotel in Bournemouth?? Mangiafuoco
  • Score: -6

11:49pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Yankee1 says...

They will be 3 star within a year.

Hen Party Havens.
They will be 3 star within a year. Hen Party Havens. Yankee1
  • Score: -8

12:03am Mon 14 Jul 14

Actualbournemouthsupporter says...

Hotels blah blah surf reef blah blah blah IMAX blah blah noddy train, you all need to lighten up you bunch of moaners, if it's all so bad why don't you all become MPs and make a change instead whinging about anything Bournemouth council ever gets involved in.
Hotels blah blah surf reef blah blah blah IMAX blah blah noddy train, you all need to lighten up you bunch of moaners, if it's all so bad why don't you all become MPs and make a change instead whinging about anything Bournemouth council ever gets involved in. Actualbournemouthsupporter
  • Score: -6

12:47am Mon 14 Jul 14

Bob49 says...

steveatbournemouth wrote:
Moaners why don't you leave if it's that bad. I think this is a positive step forward. Moaners look up "positive"
in the dictionary it comes a long way after the word gullibility

ps I doubt the irony of you bleating about moaning is lost on most on here, but well done for finding so many other council lickspittles willing to use the same word

coincidence ?
[quote][p][bold]steveatbournemouth[/bold] wrote: Moaners why don't you leave if it's that bad. I think this is a positive step forward. Moaners look up "positive"[/p][/quote]in the dictionary it comes a long way after the word gullibility ps I doubt the irony of you bleating about moaning is lost on most on here, but well done for finding so many other council lickspittles willing to use the same word coincidence ? Bob49
  • Score: -5

4:19am Mon 14 Jul 14

Count Mehin says...

What's with all the negative scores? Seems there is a cabal of pro-development pro-council voters voting down all the cynics. There is good reason to be cynical, so I suspect a group manipulation here.
What's with all the negative scores? Seems there is a cabal of pro-development pro-council voters voting down all the cynics. There is good reason to be cynical, so I suspect a group manipulation here. Count Mehin
  • Score: -5

4:43am Mon 14 Jul 14

ShuttleX says...

Count Mehin wrote:
What's with all the negative scores? Seems there is a cabal of pro-development pro-council voters voting down all the cynics. There is good reason to be cynical, so I suspect a group manipulation here.
That's been going on for ages. Main reason I take no notice of the thumb thing. Not sure if it's a cabal, or somebody who has found a way of voting more than once. Either way, the score thing isn't worth bothering with. Just say your piece. People will agree or disagree, it make no odds.
[quote][p][bold]Count Mehin[/bold] wrote: What's with all the negative scores? Seems there is a cabal of pro-development pro-council voters voting down all the cynics. There is good reason to be cynical, so I suspect a group manipulation here.[/p][/quote]That's been going on for ages. Main reason I take no notice of the thumb thing. Not sure if it's a cabal, or somebody who has found a way of voting more than once. Either way, the score thing isn't worth bothering with. Just say your piece. People will agree or disagree, it make no odds. ShuttleX
  • Score: -7

10:43am Mon 14 Jul 14

Argie Bhagie says...

Good luck to a decent hotel - the fleapits used by the **** and boy-**** are gopping. There is a real need for car parking though for day visitors. What about a park and ride?
Good luck to a decent hotel - the fleapits used by the **** and boy-**** are gopping. There is a real need for car parking though for day visitors. What about a park and ride? Argie Bhagie
  • Score: -3

6:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

TWERLY says...

Count Mehin wrote:
What's with all the negative scores? Seems there is a cabal of pro-development pro-council voters voting down all the cynics. There is good reason to be cynical, so I suspect a group manipulation here.
Yes, isn't it strange how ALL the scores are negative so why not test the theory out that someone has found a way to vote more than once by everyone above voting positive for this comment and let's see what happens eh ??
[quote][p][bold]Count Mehin[/bold] wrote: What's with all the negative scores? Seems there is a cabal of pro-development pro-council voters voting down all the cynics. There is good reason to be cynical, so I suspect a group manipulation here.[/p][/quote]Yes, isn't it strange how ALL the scores are negative so why not test the theory out that someone has found a way to vote more than once by everyone above voting positive for this comment and let's see what happens eh ?? TWERLY
  • Score: -1

7:45am Tue 15 Jul 14

Richard 1976 says...

Maybe a five star hotel will make some of the other complacent establishments up their game? Priory road and west cliff road have seen their glory days come and go.. It would be good if this development had a positive effect up there.. As long as it's good for the town and the town centre area in particular then I hope this is a success.. Getting fed up at the amount of 'development opportunities' blighting the place
Maybe a five star hotel will make some of the other complacent establishments up their game? Priory road and west cliff road have seen their glory days come and go.. It would be good if this development had a positive effect up there.. As long as it's good for the town and the town centre area in particular then I hope this is a success.. Getting fed up at the amount of 'development opportunities' blighting the place Richard 1976
  • Score: -2

8:39am Tue 15 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

I wondered when Beesley would turn up. Now we know how/why it is being built on yet another car park.

It's all very well saying these developments have the same or greater number of parking spaces than the car park they are built on, but if you are adding demand when doing so, then surely it is a net loss of spaces, not to mention the fact that they probably won't be available to Joe Public!
I wondered when Beesley would turn up. Now we know how/why it is being built on yet another car park. It's all very well saying these developments have the same or greater number of parking spaces than the car park they are built on, but if you are adding demand when doing so, then surely it is a net loss of spaces, not to mention the fact that they probably won't be available to Joe Public! speedy231278
  • Score: 0

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