Airport hotel plan ready for take off
PUBLISHED: 17:32 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 August 2010
RESIDENTS caught their first glimpse of plans for new hotel at a historic airfield. The proposals were unveiled last Wednesday at an exhibition in Biggin Hill airport for a 76-room hotel which will serve pilots and their guests. If approved, it will c
RESIDENTS caught their first glimpse of plans for new hotel at a historic airfield.
The proposals were unveiled last Wednesday at an exhibition in Biggin Hill airport for a 76-room hotel which will serve pilots and their guests.
If approved, it will create 50 full-time jobs and bring revenue to the area with people using shops and pubs.
Biggin Hill Airport Limites (BHAL) is hoping to submit its application to Bromley council, which owns the airport, at the end of April and, if successful, it could be built by the end of 2010.
Pilot Peter Adams, 65, from Cheslfield Park, said: "I like it, it's a lovely design. I bring VIP veterans from WWII here and somewhere like this would be perfect to entertain them.
"Biggin Hill is the premier Battle of Britain site, it would be fabulous to show it off. I would have liked to see a swimming pool or a health club though."
The hotel will have a bar, a restaurant and a function room, as well as extensive views over the airfield. It will take up 1.4 hectares and be situated on the corner of the junction of Main Road and Churchill Way.
Architect firm EPR hotel director, Martin Potter, said: "Although the building will primarily be for pilots and crew, residents will be able to use the facilities and visitors will bring money to the local area."
Mr Potter said the architects have worked with the surroundings to create a building which suits its setting and reflects its history. Natural materials will be used such as flint and lead but he stressed the hotel would not become a 'pastiche'.
He said: "This is a modern building, we don't want it to look like a cottage. But we have used materials which get better as they age. There will be a Biggin Hill theme to the hotel with memorabilia displayed. It would be a shame to be here and not give some background about its history."
The estimated cost for the hotel is £10 million, part of which will be paid for by BHAL while the rest will be invested by a Middle Eastern party, yet to be identified.
Resident Pamela Greenaway, from Badgers Mount, said: "There is a real need for the hotel. The last planning application was quite big but this one seems ideal with 76 rooms. There is going to be somewhere to socialise and that is the main thing for us."
Two previous applications were turned down because they were too big and unattractive, the last one being in 2006.
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