13 new bedrooms for Buxton’s Palace Hotel

The Palace Hotel. Picture by Jason Chadwick.
The Palace Hotel. Picture by Jason Chadwick.

Planning chiefs have given the green light for more bedrooms at Buxton’s Palace Hotel.

New owners Britannia Hotels applied to High Peak Borough Council for permission to convert parts of the Victorian building – including basement and storage space – into 13 en-suite bedrooms and new offices.

The authority granted the permission at a meeting last week.

It is not yet known when work will start but a planning condition states it must take place within the next three years.

Privately-owned UK chain Britannia Hotels bought the 122-bedroom, Grade II-listed property on Station Road earlier this year.

It was put up for sale by The Hotel Collection in November, 2014, with a £7million price tag.

In June, Alex Langsam, managing director of Britannia Hotels, expressed his delight at the purchase of the Palace Hotel.

“We look forward to lavishing time and attention on the Palace Hotel to restore it to its true former glory,” he added.

“I am proud of Britannia’s track record in sympathetically restoring heritage properties across the UK and providing hospitality to our guests.”

Founded in 1976, Cheshire-based Britannia Hotels manages a portfolio of nearly 50 hotels across the UK. Among its best-known hotels are the Adelphi in Liverpool and the Britannia in Manchester.

The company also owns the Pontin’s holiday camp chain.

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Designed by London architect Henry Currey and built in 1868, the Palace Hotel is a prominent feature of the Buxton skyline on the hill above the railway station.

Over the years, the hotel has been the venue for thousands of occasions, including weddings, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties.

It is one of Buxton’s longest-running businesses and has always been a major employer in the town.