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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Barrow Hotel given permission to add eight rooms

A HOTEL is replacing its function suite with extra bedrooms due to an increasing demand in the town.

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CHANGES The Duke of Edinburgh in Abbey Road

The Duke of Edinburgh in Barrow has been given planning permission to add eight en-suite rooms on the first-floor. They will replace the dance floor, bar and function room used for weddings and other occasions, which will instead be held downstairs in the Vaults live music venue.

The owners were granted listed building consent to make the changes. Boss Phil Simpson said the new rooms should be open in 10 to 12 weeks. Mr Simpson, co-owner of C2 Investment, which owns the Abbey Road building, said: “We have to react to the changing market and Barrow has seen a slight drop in the demand for functions and an ever-increasing demand for hotel rooms for certain parts of the week.

“I’ve not yet worked out what the new Premier Inn is doing to us. It will affect us and all the hotels in the town. But normally these things last 12 weeks or so and then peter out and everyone finds equilibrium again.

“But at the moment, three or four nights a week, we need those extra rooms and we’ve got the space for it.” As part of the changes, the company is investing money to adapt the basement music venue to make it more suitable for functions.

Changes to the venue will include new lighting and decorations to make it a more flexible space.

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my husband and i stayed at the hotel in the new year.a very well run and comfortable hotel

Posted by sheila mclaughlin on 28 February 2014 at 16:13

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