A FALMOUTH hotel which was destroyed by fire two years ago is to be revived in a £25 million development which will create more than 70 jobs.
The site of the former Falmouth Beach Hotel will become part of an iconic beachfront development resembling an ocean liner.
It will form part of the St Michaels Spa & Wellness Resort, and will feature retail space, underground parking, conference space, restaurants and woodland eco lodges.
Created by the owner of the St Michaels Hotel & Spa, Nigel Carpenter, the new 'garden by the sea' will reflect Falmouth's marketing strategy The Spirit of the Sea on Gyllyngvase beachfront.
The new resort will feature a range of new facilities including three restaurants, a new destination spa, new health club, extended conference and wedding facilities, local shops, 30 new hotel suites, 51 ocean facing apartments and six woodland eco-lodges.
Mr Carpenter said: "Falmouth is by far the most exciting, forward looking town in Cornwall and one can almost feel the energy and positive approach of everyone in the community.
"This is a town which encourages creativity, vision and progress. We hope to develop an outstanding, premium-quality resort which will create many jobs for local people and bring a lot of business to the town.
Rachael Gaunt, director of St Ives architect Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole, which designed the new complex, said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Nigel and his team to create a fantastic garden by the sea which unites the existing hotel to a range of exciting new resort facilities, creating a striking and inclusive enhancement to the Gyllyngvase beachfront."
Mr Carpenter added: "A lot of effort has gone into tackling the issues of cars and car parking, whilst at the same time extending the wonderful sub-tropical gardens of St Michaels and those remaining of the old Falmouth Beach Hotel across the whole site.
"A two storey underground car park will be created at a cost of £1.8 million beneath the main building of the site in order to accommodate 170 cars without them being seen.
"The main entrance to the resort will now be from Cliff Road and the beach, which is much more appropriate and fitting for the quality of the development.
"Consequently, traffic congestion will be significantly eased in Stracey Road, Gyllyngvase Hill and nearby Gyllyngvase Beach."
The team at St Michael's said it has consulted with Cornwall Council planners, Falmouth Town Council, the local Cornwall councillor, Falmouth Bay Residents Association, Falmouth & Penryn Conservation Group, Falmouth & District Hotels Association, Falmouth BID, Falmouth Town Forum, Falmouth Chamber and it is are about to meet with the Falmouth Civic Society.
"So far, the reaction has been extremely positive," said Mr Carpernter. "We have also consulted and listened to local residents and incorporated their requests for a local general store selling provisions, newspapers and alike and a local bar to replace the old Mermaid Inn into the masterplan."
The full planning application will be submitted to Cornwall Council later this month, with first works due to commence in January 2015, if all goes to plan, with major works to follow in November 2015.
Details of the masterplan include:
*The creation of new access road from the beach and underground parking for 170 cars
*A new Reception and arrival lounge for the whole resort
*A new conference and banqueting facilities for over 200 covers
*The upgrading of St Michaels Hotel & Spa to 85 bedrooms and suites
*A new destination spa featuring 7 treatment rooms, beauty salon, swimming pool with extensive relaxation areas and a new conservatory, large hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, experience rainforest showers, deep and light relax areas, spa café, spa gardens with outdoor Finnish sauna
*Six new eco woodland lodges designed to sit amongst mature trees with low impact and be linked to the spa garden
*A new health club built around the former Falmouth Beach pool and wet areas; two new gyms featuring cardio, resistance, functional training and free weights together with two new studios for classes
*51 premium south facing apartments which will have full residential consent but be oriented towards leisure/holiday use with St Michaels providing a full management and letting service
*A new premium restaurant and bar facing the sea as part of the new apartment complex
*Two new retail outlets focussed upon Cornish produce, including a deli and general stores selling high grade Cornish produce as well as everything from newspapers to Cornish ale!
*Gardens and general landscaping following the style of St Michaels and Queen Mary gardens, with flowing water cascading through the site.