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Subterranean hotel planned for Surrey

04 December 2009 by
Subterranean hotel planned for Surrey

Claude Venture Holdings has released plans to build a subterranean hotel and luxury spa at Hersham Golf Club, Surrey.

The 5-star development will be wholly underground in order to blend in with the natural environment. Designed by hotel architects ReardonSmith, the sustainable hotel will include high quality restaurants and bars, business facilities and improvements to the golf course.

Guest rooms will be below ground level set around a sunken garden and courtyard, and will feature a living green roof.

Cahit Atasoy, chief executive of Claude Venture Holdings (parent company Arkin Group Developments) said: "Our vision is to create a stunning boutique hotel and spa destination that will be truly unique and prestigious. It will blend into the natural woodland setting and enhance and increase the level of green landscape."

Sidharth Bhatia, project leader at ReardonSmith said the aim is to build a commercially viable hotel that is sensitive to the local ecosystem. He added: "Through the combination of innovative design and intelligent building technology we are replacing existing surface buildings with subterranean ones and, in effect, visually returning land to the Green Belt."

As part of the development of the 200 plus room hotel there will also be improvements to local transport infrastructure including a new roundabout on Esher road to reduce congestion.

By James Stagg

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