Bunty Malhotra

A landmark hotel in Whitley Bay is set for a £10m care home conversion led by Malhotra Group.

The group’s proposals to bring the former Rex Hotel back to life have been approved by North Tyneside Council, The Chronicle reported.

Bunty Malhotra, Group CEO of Malhotra Group (pictured), said: “We are absolutely delighted that the local planning committee has voted positively to approve our application, and that we can now start to bring rejuvenated life back into a building that’s been long associated with Whitley Bay’s sea front history.

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“The development scheme will restore, remodel, refurbish and extend the existing building to provide state of the art care facilities to younger persons with a physical disability, in addition to specialist dementia nursing care. The new facility when open will also bring with it new jobs for the area. We propose to start work on the building before the end of this year with completion scheduled for the autumn of 2019.”

Under the scheme, which is expected to create around 30 jobs as well as 75 during construction, the hotel will be turned into an 83-bed home with dining, leisure, treatment, administration and support facilities.

The four-storey Rex Hotel was built in 1907 and is a registered building of special local architectural and historic interest.


The author Lee Peart

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