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Architects have produced early plans to turn a number of World War II sea forts seven miles off the British coast into a luxury hotel and spa. Te unused Redsand Forts

in the Tames Estuary near Kent, built in 1943 to defend Britain against a Nazi attack, could become a hotel with executive apartments, where guest can fly in by helicopter. A similar development

took place in 2012 at Spitbank Fort – built in the Solent in the 1800s to protect Britain from a Napoleonic invasion – which is now home to a private island resort featuring a rooftop hot pool, sauna and fire pit. It’s neighbour, No Man’s Fort, has recently opened aſter being similarly developed. Aros’ proposed plans are to develop the

Te Red Sands sea forts could become the setting for a luxury hotel They will land at the central ‘hub’ of the

hotel, once the old control tower, and access their rooms via glass walkways giving views of the sea below. The health club and spa will be built in a tower known as Bofors. In addition, a heritage museum and its

old Redsand gun towers into a complex with around 40 standard, executive and pent- house rooms. Guests will arrive by helicopter or hovercraft from St Katherine’s Dock in London, Southend-on-Sea, or Whitstable.

own separate arrival jetty will be devel- oped in the searchlight tower to celebrate the historic significance of the site, which was designed by civil engineer Guy Maunsell. Details:

Watergate Bay team eye new brand

Te team behind Cornwall’s Watergate Bay Hotel has kicked off the develop- ment of a new collection of destination boutique hotels. Te Another Place brand

will be independent of the family-owned Watergate Bay – which has its own surf beach and is home to Jamie Oliver’s 15 Cornwall restaurant – but wi l l implement the same distinct approach to hospitality. Sites are being sought in

“fantastic locations”, which lend themselves to a mix of active and social relaxation. Te first acquisition is Rampsbeck Hotel on

Ullswater. Set in 18 acres of the Lake District National Park, the 19-bed four red-star hotel has a spectacular quarter of a mile of lake frontage, coupled with a strong reputation for service and food. Tere are plans to develop extra rooms and social spaces at Rampsbeck. “Every property in the Another Place collec-

tion will be characterised by a fantastic location and our own unique mix of active, social and relaxing hospitality,” says Will Ashworth,

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Rampsbeck Hotel is the inaugural hotel in the Another Place collection

founder of Another Place. “We intend to appeal to both current and new visitors, always staying true to the spirit of Ullswater.” Another Place has already identified

the second site for the collection. Royal William Yard in Plymouth will be a 60-bed urban boutique hotel. Occupying a Grade 1 former naval victualing building, the hotel is being developed in conjunction with Urban Splash and Plymouth City Council. Details:

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