Owners of an independent hotel in Hertfordshire are to invest £2m in new conference rooms and facilities following planning permission being granted by St Albans District Council.
Aubrey Park hotel, which recently underwent a £3m refurbishment programme, is set to show off the new facilities in spring 2016 and management is predicting an immediate £500,000 economic impact on the local economy.
The hotel has recently been granted a four-star grading by the AA.
“We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for our new venue, which will complete our full range of facilities in order to sustain the long term success of the hotel,” says Aubrey Park Hotel MD David Timmis.
The new meeting room facilities, which include a complete makeover of the existing conference rooms, as well as the Garden Room and a new gym, will allow the hotel to cater for up to 250 guests for weddings, conferences, parties and other events.
As well as preserving and securing the Grade II listed original building, Aubrey Park will open up the once hidden Iron Age Fort to the public.
“We are committed to improving the environment we work within,” Timmis adds, “and have agreed a five-year plan to improve ‘The Aubreys’ for guests and local residents alike.”
The project will give a boost to the local economy following the recent closure of Harpenden House Hotel and Glen Eagle Manor Hotel in Harpenden.