Bangladeshi hotelier buys Stockport hotel to launch UK hotel chain
Golam Sarwar with his son Mashkur
Bredbury Hall hotel & country club in Stockport, Greater Manchester, is set to become the flagship of a chain of UK hotels run by Golam Sarwar, a businessman from Bangladesh.
The three-AA-star, 147-bedroom hotel has been acquired in an unconfirmed "multi-million pound deal", which will secure the jobs of 250 staff after the property went into administration in March 2014. It was previously owned by Stephen Finch.
Sarwar, who owns the luxury Hotel Sarina in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, is planning to undertake a £1m refurbishment of the property, which includes a 16th century barn as well as a contemporary three-storey bedroom block. The main part of the property was built as a private home in 1812.
Hotel management company Onecall Hospitality has been appointed on a three-year rolling contract to operate the hotel, which incorporates a restaurant, nightclub and conference centre.
Sarwar said: "Bredbury Hall is an ideal choice for our first UK investment. It has an excellent location, close to Manchester airport and with motorway links to the major northern cities. There is huge potential to redevelop and return it to its former status as a premier venue.
"Our immediate plans include refurbishing the bedrooms, the nightclub, and the central lounge and reception to create a meeting hub and a unique space for all-day dining. Then in 2016 we will introduce leisure and spa facilities. Ultimately Bredbury Hall will become the flagship of a group of hotels, built though a rolling acquisition process over the next five years."
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