Proposals to transform Bath’s historic Royal Mineral Water Hospital into a hotel and spa are to go on display next month.
The Singapore-based Fragrance Group bought the grade 2 listed buildings last year for £21.5million and has since been working with Bath-based architects Stride Treglown on plans that “respect their heritage and architecture”.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the building’s heritage, including its historic links to Bath’s thermal waters.
The proposals will be exhibited in the Great Octagon in the Assembly Rooms from 2pm to 7.30pm on 7th October.
Martin Rogers of the Global Hotels and Leisure Consultancy, on behalf of the Fragrance Group, said: “We’re breathing new life into these redundant buildings to ensure they can continue to play a vibrant role in the city centre, bringing new jobs for the people of Bath and increased revenue for the city as a whole.
“Our teams have spent many months working on these proposals and we are now ready to share our ideas with the people of Bath.
“We have been liaising closely with officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council, and with Historic England, as well as other planning experts to bring forward these exciting proposals for a high-quality hotel, spa and restaurant which respect the history, heritage and architecture of the original buildings.
“We have worked hard to ensure that guests and visitors will be able to enjoy the building’s heritage, including its historic links to Bath’s thermal waters.”
The plans will also be available online at www.theminexhibition.co.uk for anyone to attend the exhibition.
The Min was home to the Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases, whose staff and services are currently relocating to the main Royal United Hospital site.
The hospital trust sold the 18th century Upper Borough Walls property to Winchester-based Versant Homes and Development in 2017.
Land Registry documents show it was then sold on to Fragrance UK in January 2018 for £21.5million.
It is not clear exactly how much the trust got for the site, but its annual report for 2017/18 says: “The sale of the Mineral Hospital is included in the profit on disposal of property which resulted in a net profit of £15.265m, reduced by sundry other asset disposals during the year.”
Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter