Plans for Yarrow Building warmly welcomed

Property Posted 27/06/14
East Kent College’s plans to develop the Grade II-listed Yarrow Building into a training facility for the tourism, leisure and hospitality industry were warmly welcomed when they went on display at the Broadstairs Campus, ahead of a planning application being submitted.

Following East Kent College’s success in securing £9.7 million from the Government’s Skills funding Agency, the team has developed plans which include a state-of-the-art 30 bedroom hotel, a commercial hair and beauty salon, and hospitality training centre.

The plans, which have been developed by Tonbridge-based Richard Hopkinson Architects, also include the relocation of the College’s highly popular restaurant to the Yarrow Building.

The College will submit a planning application by the end of June and hopes to go before Thanet District Council’s planning committee later in the summer.

Anne Leese, deputy principal of East Kent College, said: “We were delighted with the response to our plans from the local residents who attended the exhibition.

“The Yarrow Building will enable students to train in a real-life working hotel and restaurant, and provide a fantastic learning environment for event management, hospitality, travel and tourism skills.”

The plans for the Yarrow Building have also been welcomed by Visit Kent, the county’s tourism champions.

The building will contain an innovation space for creative industry start-up companies, incorporating a business administration academy.

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