A brand new £2 million hotel has opened in Ramsey to become the Isle of Man’s latest hospitality hotspot.
Located on Park Road, Ramsey Park Hotel is a 30-bedroom hotel catering for up to 60 residents. The site is owned by Isle of Man resident Trevor Hemmings, and as well as becoming the latest site within the Classic Lodges Associate portfolio Ramsey Park Hotel is also the first hotel to be built on the Island for several years.
Guests at Ramsey Park Hotel will be treated to stunning views from their bedrooms, with rooms overlooking either Mooragh Park, the lake or out to the sea. The hotel also includes Lake View Restaurant – a 50-cover eatery for hotel guests – which serves delicious meals to both guests and non-resident diners alike.
Work began on the Park Road site in April 2011 with working reaching completion in mid-August 2012. The Chief Minister for the Isle of Man, Allan Bell officially opened the hotel. Funding for the project was provided by a number of Government agencies as well as Lottery funding and included a £350,000 fit-out cost.
Prior to work commencing on the four-storey Hotel, a bungalow was demolished to make way for the new structure. With the bungalow removed from the site a brand new building was built, covering an area of 13,000 sq. ft.
The building was built with Pad foundations, with a steel portal frame to the ground and first floors. Traditional block walls were installed on the upper levels, with supported reinforced concrete floors, steel pulins and ring beam at wallplate level.
The external facade was then installed using a render finish with engineering brick feature panels. To complete the construction of the hotel a mix of UPVC and aluminium windows was included, along with an aluminium clad roof with gutters and downpipes.
The ground floor of Ramsey Park Hotel comprises a reception area, Lake View Restaurant, a bar, kitchen and staff quarters. Public toilets and lift access is also located on the ground floor of the building, whilst the remaining three floors of the Hotel comprise 10 bedrooms per level.
The hotel extensively carpeted throughout, except in staff areas and en-suite bathrooms which feature vinyl flooring and in the foyer and toilet areas which includes ceramic floors.
Additional features include CCTV, smoke detectors, fire alarms, ramps for disabled access and air conditioning in the restaurant.
The site also includes parking, paved pedestrian areas and some soft landscaping, which includes planters and a side garden.
O’Hare & McGovern was the main contractor on the project, whilst Cornerstone Architects provided all architectural services.
Managing Director of Classic Lodges Richard Grime, said:
“We are delighted to be adding Ramsey Park to our portfolio of hotels. Ramsey Park is slightly different in that it is a modern building, whereas most of our current properties are historic properties, but the location, and the quality of service it promises is entirely consistent with the Classic Lodges brand. I have no doubt that Ramsay Park will become its own modern-day classic.”
Ramsey Park General Manager, Steve Dawson, added:
“I have worked in the hospitality industry for many years, but this is the first time I have been involved from the very beginning and it is incredibly exciting to have an input into how the hotel will operate.
“I am sure that with the fine food we will be serving, and its impressive location on the shore of the lake, Lake View Restaurant will soon be a favourite for locals and visitors alike.”
Ramsey Park Hotel is located in Ramsey, in the north of the Isle of Man and is the second largest town on the Island. Due to numerous visits from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1847 and King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1907 the town is often referred to as Royal Ramsey and houses one of the largest harbours on the Island.