DEVELOPERS have revealed the first images of the new apartments at the site of the former Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth.

The new homes were officially launched earlier this month, with the opening of show apartments.

Demolition of the hotel took place in 2018, and since then the West Cliff Road site has been heavily redeveloped.

As well as the new homes, a new 105-bedroomed Premier Inn will eventually open as well.

Inland Homes sales and marketing director Vicki Noon said: "We’re thrilled with the amount of positive feedback we’ve received so far on our fantastic new development, The Wessex.

"We’ve seen lots of interest from a variety of buyers, including first-time buyers and downsizers looking for a new property by the coast.

"The Wessex is in such a fantastic location and is in reach of every amenity needed to live a fulfilling lifestyle, so we expect lots more interest in the coming weeks."

Two apartment blocks, matching the height of the five-storey hotel, have been constructed.

They include one, two and three-bedroom flats.

Speaking ahead of the apartments being launched earlier this month, Vicki said: "The demand for living by the coast has seen a huge surge in recent months, as buyers look to put down roots in a location they can call home for the long term."

The apartments will have access to underground parking and, once finished, Inland Homes says the complex will benefit from landscaped green spaces and lawn areas for residents to relax in.

The Wessex Hotel was originally built in 1891 under the name Hawthorns Hotel, before changing its name at the beginning of the 1960s.

It was the regular venue of the Wessex Dance Club for 27 years, and the home of Bournemouth’s second biggest ballroom, before its closure in 2016.

Planning permission for the new development was given by Bournemouth Borough Council in 2017.