(with contribution from Insider Business South West 13 Jan 2017)

The former Bridgwater Hospital in Somerset is set to be converted into a hotel following its £1.6m sale by NHS Property Services. This will mean a third hotel development within the town announced in the past 12 months as everything gears up for the imminent multi-billion pound HinkleyC development which will need accommodation for workers, consultants and visiting business representatives.

The site has previously been granted planning permission for an 80-bedroom hotel, gym, swimming pool, day nursery and three homes. The hospital closed in 2014 with its services transferred to a new purpose built £33m facility which is located on the outskirts of the town.The property has been sold to an unnamed local hotelier.

Work is already underway on the new hotel development at Eastover for a 4 star Mercure Hotel, due to open in Autumn 2017.

Councillor Anne Fraser, portfolio holder for Economic Growth, said of the Mercure development: "I am so pleased with the news that an international hotel chain is investing in Bridgwater.

"This is a huge investment into the District and will completely change the economy of the area, by improving local infrastructure and create 300 new jobs in construction, hospitality and retail sectors.

"Sedgemoor District Council members and staff from Economic Development and Planning work hard behind the scenes to bring this type of investment into the District"

More detail on the Mercure development can be found in the Bridgwater Mercury.

Work also gets underway on the new Holiday Inn Express for Bridgwater in early 2017, with that hotel due due to be open in 2024. More information here on the Holiday Inn Express

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