New Woodhouse Hotel could be open in two years

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A 40-room country hotel and wedding venue on the site of the old Woodhouse Hotel in Princethorpe should be open in the next two years, according to project managers.

The former Leamington Road business was subject to noise complaints from neighbours and fined by Rugby Borough Council in 2010, but the new hotel, which is being developed now and will be under new management, will benefit from much better sound insulation. Project managers, Rugby’s HB Architects, said in a planning report that an English country house hotel style had been adopted “with Georgian proportions, to evoke the atmosphere of a quality establishment”.

Richard Palmer, director of HB, added: “It’s expected the hotel will be fully functioning within two years. There are a number of differences in the design of this building which should insulate the sound coming from late night functions such as weddings. The function rooms will be built below ground level and the building itself will have much better sound insulation.”

HB’s report said the old hotel had become obsolete and was no longer attractive to the market place and that the best solution was to replace the building. As well as having 40 rooms, the hotel will also have a wedding suit, restaurant, bar and separate function suits. The build, along with the demolition of the former hotel, was giving planning permission by Rugby Borough Council in July 2012. The development will also have 120 parking spaces in accordance with the council’s parking standards.

A noise assessment by acoustic consultants ANV of Milton Keynes said the site should not generate significant noise levels. Their report added: “Whilst the assessment has been based upon a likely upper noise limit within the extension, it was agreed that further noise testing should be carried out once the building was completed to demonstrate that the limits had been achieved and if deemed necessary at this stage, additional control measures considered.”

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