Construction of a new £ 39million building in Exeter is quickly taking shape with a new closed connecting bridge between Sandy Park and the Sandy Park Hotel being installed and completed over the weekend.
The massive 40-ton, 27m x 4m structure, which was built locally at Newton Abbot, was lifted by cranes during a seven-hour operation.
The impressive Glass Bridge, designed by Exeter Architects KTA, will be the permanent walkway connecting the Sandy Park conference and banquet center with that of the new 250-room Sandy Park Hotel, which is slated to open at the end of the day. of autumn. of this year.
Construction of the state-of-the-art hotel, which began in January 2020, is progressing as planned and will be the “crown jewel” of Sandy Park’s extensive offering to guests.
Part of the global Courtyard by Marriott brand, the basement of the four-star hotel will house a fitness center, while the reception level will house a cafeteria, restaurant-bistro, business center and conference rooms.
The quaint View Restaurant is described as ‘one of a kind for the region’ and will provide a ‘unique dining experience for guests and visitors’, including two private dining rooms, serving locally caught fish in Brixham, red beef premier choice from Devon, alongside other ‘exquisite’ produce from across the region.
As well as helping generate additional business to the Sandy Park Conference and Banquet Center during the week, the hotel will also be a welcome addition to supporters heading to town for game days involving the Exeter Chiefs. .
Exeter Rugby Club President and CEO Tony Rowe OBE said: “The installation of the link bridge marks another important milestone in the creation of the new Sandy Park Hotel.
“The bridge will provide a perfect and secure link between the hotel and Sandy Park itself, allowing us to create perfect symmetry between the two businesses.
“In what has been a trying time for all of us as a result of the pandemic, the fact that we remain on track for a late fall opening is a testament to all the hard work that has been put in by everyone. who work on site, in particular the DNA team.
The imposing four-star hotel will be eight stories high and in an L-shape. It is claimed to be the “largest commercial hotel on this side of Bristol”.
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