Caterer and Hotelkeeper – 29412

01 January 2000
Caterer and Hotelkeeper – 29412

Blue Boar in MSA expansion

BLUE Boar (Motorways) is to build and operate a motorway service area (MSA) on a new section of the M74 in south-west Scotland.

The company recently signed an agreement with Texaco to develop the Annandale Water site at Johnstonebridge, just north of Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway. The site was leased by Texaco from the Scottish Development Agency and is one of the first to go through the new deregulated planning process.

When it opens in March 1995 the old A74 linking Carlisle and Glasgow should be almost fully upgraded to motorway and will link with the M6.

Annandale Water has been designed to capitalise on its riverside setting while minimizing its impact on the environment. Its architects were briefed to avoid the "supermarket" look of many motorway service area buildings.

The 200-cover restaurantis located at the rear of the amenity building and is entered via a planted atrium. A 42-bedroom lodge will be built next to the main building.

Blue Boar operates two MSAs at Watford Gap and Rothersthorpe, both on the M1.

Hannafore sale

BRISTOL-based Clemshaw Properties has bought Looe's Hannafore Point Hotel, which had been in the hands ofPlymouth receivers Grant Thornton since May last year.

No price was revealed, however, one receiver estimated the liabilities of the business to be about £700,000.

The 37-bedroom Cornish seafront hotel has Looe's only three-star rating and was owned by chartered accountant Stuart Condliffe and his wife Valerie. Mr Condliffe was declared bankrupt in August 1993.

A management company kept the hotel open during the receivership and the 25 staff were expected to stay on with the new owner.

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