Dramatic pictures show how £60m project for new hotels at Terrace Mount site is making progress

Bournemouth Echo: Work progressing on the Terrace Mount development Work progressing on the Terrace Mount development

THESE dramatic pictures show the progress that has been made on a £60million project to build two new Hilton hotels in Bournemouth.

Builders started construction work on the Terrace Mount site last September, marking a major milestone for the prime town centre site.

And despite one of the wettest winters on record, tonnes of rubble have now been unearthed ready for the workers to begin building two Hilton hotels, 60 apartments and over 200 parking spaces.

The development is spearheaded by London-based THAT group, which counts Ray Kelvin, the founder of the Ted Baker clothing company amongst its backers.

It’s hoped one of the hotels will be awarded five-star status, the first Bournemouth hotel in some time to achieve that standard. This will be topped with a sky bar, which will offer superb views across the town centre. The other is proposed to be a three-star hotel.

Cllr David Smith, central ward councillor, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the progress the THAT group is making on the development.

“They’re working closely with the neighbours to mitigate any inconvenience to them and that seems to be working well, with no major issues of concern.

“I think they’re about a week behind schedule, purely because there were a few days when it was just too windy to use the cranes safely. It will be a fantastic development for the town and it shows that investors have got confidence in Bournemouth.”

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5:34am Wed 26 Mar 14

bmth mum says...

Picture or pictures ? Dramatic ? Really ? Not exactly accurate....
Picture or pictures ? Dramatic ? Really ? Not exactly accurate.... bmth mum
  • Score: 22

6:02am Wed 26 Mar 14

Understated says...

THAT group name is getting me confused already. why on earth does it need to be two hiltons? why not no hiltons and a nicer view for everyone? hardly a top spot for a hotel on a cliff that risks landslides and noise from the town centre. they may get a nice view during the air festival but i'll be damned if its still here in 10 years time when we petition to get our "seafront view" back.. or something.
THAT group name is getting me confused already. why on earth does it need to be two hiltons? why not no hiltons and a nicer view for everyone? hardly a top spot for a hotel on a cliff that risks landslides and noise from the town centre. they may get a nice view during the air festival but i'll be damned if its still here in 10 years time when we petition to get our "seafront view" back.. or something. Understated
  • Score: -17

7:06am Wed 26 Mar 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

With the bus station site opposite and the adjacent winter gardens site the town centre really does look as if it hasn't recovered from a world war two bombing raid!
With the bus station site opposite and the adjacent winter gardens site the town centre really does look as if it hasn't recovered from a world war two bombing raid! The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 19

7:14am Wed 26 Mar 14

BIGTONE says...

Yep.......a nice dramatic digger.
Yep.......a nice dramatic digger. BIGTONE
  • Score: 10

7:18am Wed 26 Mar 14

AmsterdamMan says...

Cutting edge stuff again by a reporter that didn't have a lot to say!
Cutting edge stuff again by a reporter that didn't have a lot to say! AmsterdamMan
  • Score: 36

7:28am Wed 26 Mar 14

Lord Spring says...

Rome was not built in a day !.
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That was because I was not foreman on that job.
Rome was not built in a day !. . That was because I was not foreman on that job. Lord Spring
  • Score: 8

7:35am Wed 26 Mar 14

BmthSarah says...

There was much more story text earlier this morning - where's it gone?
There was much more story text earlier this morning - where's it gone? BmthSarah
  • Score: 4

7:46am Wed 26 Mar 14

John T says...

BmthSarah wrote:
There was much more story text earlier this morning - where's it gone?
Probably censored by Councillor Beesley. Dramatic stuff!
[quote][p][bold]BmthSarah[/bold] wrote: There was much more story text earlier this morning - where's it gone?[/p][/quote]Probably censored by Councillor Beesley. Dramatic stuff! John T
  • Score: 7

8:54am Wed 26 Mar 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Dramatic pictures! Hmmm, I can only see one. Usual hype.
Dramatic pictures! Hmmm, I can only see one. Usual hype. Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 8

9:29am Wed 26 Mar 14

oldharryrocks! says...

When is a building site not a building site?

When it's reported in the Echo
When is a building site not a building site? When it's reported in the Echo oldharryrocks!
  • Score: 7

9:42am Wed 26 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

Why two hotels?

Surely one would be fine?
Why two hotels? Surely one would be fine? SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: 2

9:43am Wed 26 Mar 14

Branksome snail says...

They should tidy up this end of town. The effect that Sixty Million Postcards is trying to achieve with its wall murals looks nothing more than nasty graffiti, and the old Klute and the office block across the road need completely re-painting. Its all a stonesthrow from the gardens and is all quite shabby
They should tidy up this end of town. The effect that Sixty Million Postcards is trying to achieve with its wall murals looks nothing more than nasty graffiti, and the old Klute and the office block across the road need completely re-painting. Its all a stonesthrow from the gardens and is all quite shabby Branksome snail
  • Score: 8

9:57am Wed 26 Mar 14

uvox44 says...

guess we all have different ideas of what constitutes dramatic!
guess we all have different ideas of what constitutes dramatic! uvox44
  • Score: 6

10:38am Wed 26 Mar 14

jobsworthwatch says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
With the bus station site opposite and the adjacent winter gardens site the town centre really does look as if it hasn't recovered from a world war two bombing raid!
The council have done far more damage to the town than the Luftwaffe ever did!
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: With the bus station site opposite and the adjacent winter gardens site the town centre really does look as if it hasn't recovered from a world war two bombing raid![/p][/quote]The council have done far more damage to the town than the Luftwaffe ever did! jobsworthwatch
  • Score: 11

10:47am Wed 26 Mar 14

jtwoody says...

Why on earth does Bournemouth need two more hotels?
If the large, council - (Bournemouth residents) - owned car park wasn't needed, why not put something else there that that was of some use to locals?
Why not build three or four more Tescos in Bournemouth Gardens, or Meyrick park while we're at it.
What a legacy this council is leaving....
Why on earth does Bournemouth need two more hotels? If the large, council - (Bournemouth residents) - owned car park wasn't needed, why not put something else there that that was of some use to locals? Why not build three or four more Tescos in Bournemouth Gardens, or Meyrick park while we're at it. What a legacy this council is leaving.... jtwoody
  • Score: 1

11:06am Wed 26 Mar 14

MrPitiful says...

Branksome snail wrote:
They should tidy up this end of town. The effect that Sixty Million Postcards is trying to achieve with its wall murals looks nothing more than nasty graffiti, and the old Klute and the office block across the road need completely re-painting. Its all a stonesthrow from the gardens and is all quite shabby
Agreed. The whole area needs tidying and updating - and no, I don't mean with a new and unnecessary bus station.

I think whoever runs 60 million postcards needs a word in their ear - while I am all for colour and innovation, the mural on the side of the building looks terrible.

Hopefully, a couple of smart new buildings will be a kick up the rear this area of town needs. With the BIC and the Exeter Hotels just down the road, this cluster could be an asset to the town.

Just need to update Westover Rd area & the Pavilion with something decent and we will almost have the town looking like it should in the 21st century.
[quote][p][bold]Branksome snail[/bold] wrote: They should tidy up this end of town. The effect that Sixty Million Postcards is trying to achieve with its wall murals looks nothing more than nasty graffiti, and the old Klute and the office block across the road need completely re-painting. Its all a stonesthrow from the gardens and is all quite shabby[/p][/quote]Agreed. The whole area needs tidying and updating - and no, I don't mean with a new and unnecessary bus station. I think whoever runs 60 million postcards needs a word in their ear - while I am all for colour and innovation, the mural on the side of the building looks terrible. Hopefully, a couple of smart new buildings will be a kick up the rear this area of town needs. With the BIC and the Exeter Hotels just down the road, this cluster could be an asset to the town. Just need to update Westover Rd area & the Pavilion with something decent and we will almost have the town looking like it should in the 21st century. MrPitiful
  • Score: 1

11:55am Wed 26 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

Come on Melanie you can do better than this.
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Is Bournemouth really that boring that a picture of a hole in the ground in considered dramatic ?
Come on Melanie you can do better than this. . Is Bournemouth really that boring that a picture of a hole in the ground in considered dramatic ? BmthNewshound
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Wed 26 Mar 14

PokesdownMark says...

Well considering the amount of earth that has been moved, I thought it was pretty dramatic. Would be good to have before and after pictures perhaps?
Well considering the amount of earth that has been moved, I thought it was pretty dramatic. Would be good to have before and after pictures perhaps? PokesdownMark
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Niagara fall,is dramatic.Eric Pickles eating a curry is amazing,Elaine Atkinson smiling is unbelievable.this is just a nice picture of an ordinary building site.Get real and try to catch our glorious leader off guard
Niagara fall,is dramatic.Eric Pickles eating a curry is amazing,Elaine Atkinson smiling is unbelievable.this is just a nice picture of an ordinary building site.Get real and try to catch our glorious leader off guard kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

KLH says...

I live i. The flats overlooking the site and it has been very interesting watching the scenery change day by day. Seeing the different strata patterns in the sand, sand that hasn't. been exposed to daylight for thousands/millions of years. The remains of the previous buildings being unearthed and the beginnings of new 'life' beginning to take shape.

Ok, two moans, there is a fair amount of dust coming across and the groans of the large yellow excavators got on my nerves a bit - and I do miss seeing the shrubbery bank, but on the whole it will look good.

I do wonder what the view is like in the crane cabins, watching the operators climbing up and down every day looks quite a feat. Would like to climb up myself but would chicken out!! Why does one leave his hard hat at the base of the crane, find that amusing!!

I do hope to go up to the new bar and see for myself the view as I reckon it will be stunning.
I live i. The flats overlooking the site and it has been very interesting watching the scenery change day by day. Seeing the different strata patterns in the sand, sand that hasn't. been exposed to daylight for thousands/millions of years. The remains of the previous buildings being unearthed and the beginnings of new 'life' beginning to take shape. Ok, two moans, there is a fair amount of dust coming across and the groans of the large yellow excavators got on my nerves a bit - and I do miss seeing the shrubbery bank, but on the whole it will look good. I do wonder what the view is like in the crane cabins, watching the operators climbing up and down every day looks quite a feat. Would like to climb up myself but would chicken out!! Why does one leave his hard hat at the base of the crane, find that amusing!! I do hope to go up to the new bar and see for myself the view as I reckon it will be stunning. KLH
  • Score: 5

7:10pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Nikki1234 says...

I live in the flats opposite, pretty much exact position from the photo taken..... I couldn't live closer to this work. Yet they say they are working closely with the neighbours? .... I have had nothing but noise and diggers for 6months, they say good progress? Try living right by it day in day out then the months don't seem so speedy!
I live in the flats opposite, pretty much exact position from the photo taken..... I couldn't live closer to this work. Yet they say they are working closely with the neighbours? .... I have had nothing but noise and diggers for 6months, they say good progress? Try living right by it day in day out then the months don't seem so speedy! Nikki1234
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Wed 26 Mar 14

O'Reilly says...

Obviously these Hotels are designed for Corporate visitors - on expenses - how many Conferences are actually held at the BIC these days? Certainly no Political ones that I can think of..................
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Obviously these Hotels are designed for Corporate visitors - on expenses - how many Conferences are actually held at the BIC these days? Certainly no Political ones that I can think of.................. ...... O'Reilly
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Richard 1976 says...

Wow! The architecture is incredible! Looks as though it's just a matter of days before the first guests will book in! What a complete non story.. It's about as dramatic a picture as an episode of crossroads.
Wow! The architecture is incredible! Looks as though it's just a matter of days before the first guests will book in! What a complete non story.. It's about as dramatic a picture as an episode of crossroads. Richard 1976
  • Score: -1

8:40pm Wed 26 Mar 14

KLH says...

Nikki1234 wrote:
I live in the flats opposite, pretty much exact position from the photo taken..... I couldn't live closer to this work. Yet they say they are working closely with the neighbours? .... I have had nothing but noise and diggers for 6months, they say good progress? Try living right by it day in day out then the months don't seem so speedy!
We must be neighbours - yes, those diggers. The ones there at the moment are much, much quieter, except last week when they were chewing that wall down. Bit like a steel dinosaur munching on a huge bone!
[quote][p][bold]Nikki1234[/bold] wrote: I live in the flats opposite, pretty much exact position from the photo taken..... I couldn't live closer to this work. Yet they say they are working closely with the neighbours? .... I have had nothing but noise and diggers for 6months, they say good progress? Try living right by it day in day out then the months don't seem so speedy![/p][/quote]We must be neighbours - yes, those diggers. The ones there at the moment are much, much quieter, except last week when they were chewing that wall down. Bit like a steel dinosaur munching on a huge bone! KLH
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Wed 26 Mar 14

KLH says...

Thought it was taken from mine!!!
Thought it was taken from mine!!! KLH
  • Score: 0

8:46pm Wed 26 Mar 14

High Treason says...

O'Reilly wrote:
Obviously these Hotels are designed for Corporate visitors - on expenses - how many Conferences are actually held at the BIC these days? Certainly no Political ones that I can think of..................

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I know of two companies who no longer use the BIC since being run by BH Live. Apparently they upped the prices and became to expensive for a 2nd rate venue.
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: Obviously these Hotels are designed for Corporate visitors - on expenses - how many Conferences are actually held at the BIC these days? Certainly no Political ones that I can think of.................. ......[/p][/quote]I know of two companies who no longer use the BIC since being run by BH Live. Apparently they upped the prices and became to expensive for a 2nd rate venue. High Treason
  • Score: 0

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