Planners give go-ahead for coastal eco-hotel

Proposals to build the UK’s first Passivhaus hotel on the North Yorkshire coast have secured planning permission.

Octopi Property has instructed Silverstone – a firm of chartered building surveyors and project managers – to oversee the build of a new, 20-bed luxury coastal hotel called Cliffemount at Runswick Bay, near Whitby.

The site’s existing, empty Cliffemount Hotel would be demolished and replaced with the new three-storey property.

As well as the guest accommodation, the 19,321 sq ft property will have an expanded restaurant and a bar on the ground floor.

Construction of the hotel is predicted to create about 88 direct and 133 indirect jobs. And once open, the hotel is expected to provide 30 jobs, including 15 full-time and 15 part-time posts.

It has been designed to deliver very high thermal and airtightness performance, meaning it will require a much lower amount of energy to heat and maintain temperature than a standard construction.

The Passivhaus benchmark is more usually aspired to by new-build housing projects and is seldom used for commercial buildings.

The Leeds office of Bowman Riley are the architects for the project. Construction is due to begin in late spring 2024.

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