The 137-bedroom Aubrey Park hotel in Redbourn, Hertfordshire, has received planning consent for a £2m conference and event venue.
The news follows a recent £3m refurbishment of the Grade II listed hotel, which resulted in the property being granted a four-AA-star rating.
Scheduled to open in spring 2016, the latest project will create a state-of-the-art venue for up to 250 guests for weddings, conferences and parties. It will require a 30% increase in the hotel workforce and open a previously hidden Iron Age fort to the public.
Aubrey Park was previously owned by Jarvis Hotels and operated under the Ramada brand until it was bought out of administration in 2012 by private investment company ESO Capital UK.
A decision was subsequently taken to run the business as an independent hotel and David Timmis, a hotelier with nearly 40 years' experience of working with Jarvis and Menzies hotels, was brought on board as managing director.
Timmis, who has set out to build strong connections with the community, commented: "We are committed to improving the environment we work within. And we have agreed a five-year plan to improve the Aubrey for guests and local residents alike."
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