Work starts on 10 bedroom hotel in East Swindon close to Coate Water
Arkell’s Brewery will be investing around half a million pounds in the pub diversification which is scheduled to be complete and open for business by October this year.
Brewery director, George Arkell, said: “We are delighted to finally be able to start this development and there is certainly a demand for good accommodation in this part of Swindon which almost next door to the Great Western Hospital, a cherished local museum and Coate Water Country Park.”
The Sun landlady, Julie Moss, added: “When we are open it will give guests the opportunity to stay in the most picturesque part of Swindon.”
Arkell’s is using local builders Edmont Joinery on the project. “Using local developers and suppliers makes sense because we keep more money in the local economy,” added George.
Arkell’s Brewery now has around 500 bedrooms across its estate of 100 pubs and hotels throughout Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire and seriously considers adding rooms to its pubs where there is the space and potential demand.
The Rising Sun!
George added: “The more income-generating opportunities a pub has the better. If we consider that good quality accommodation would be of benefit to a pub and would serve the local community then it’s sensible to make the investment. The Sun Inn is a busy and thriving pub on the edge of Swindon with plenty going on around it and a very strong local community. It also sits in a large plot with plenty of parking and a new children’s playground. It’s a perfect place for people and we look forward to watching the new building rise from the ground over the summer months. Perhaps we should call it The Rising Sun.”
Pictured: third left Jason Robinson, Contracts Manager for Edmont, centre Andy Moss, The Sun Landlord, first and second right George Arkell, Arkell’s Brewery and Julie Moss, The Sun Landlady, surrounded by Edmont workers.