WORK has started on a £15million expansion on a County Durham hotel.
Builders have moved in at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club, near Durham City, to start work on a major extension including 47 new guest bedrooms and a 32,500 sq ft luxury spa.
It is the second phase of redevelopment at Ramside.
Two years ago, work started on a new 18-hole golf course with facilities and planning permission was secured to build executive homes overlooking the site.
John Adamson, Ramside’s group managing director, said: “We’ve had the plans for the hotel extension and a world class spa in the pipeline for six years, so I’m delighted that work has finally started on site.
“We’ve travelled far and wide to gather our inspiration and visited some of the best spa hotels in the UK and beyond. With the opening of our new 18-hole golf course this summer and the addition of a luxurious spa in 2015, Ramside Hall will be the biggest and leading spa resort hotel in the North of England,” he said.
The spa will include a 25-metre swimming pool, therapy pools, including a rooftop hydro pool, treatment and relaxation rooms, as well as a gym and aerobic studio, hair salon and Asian restaurant.
Architects Padgett White of Hunwick, and Northallerton-based builder Walter Thompson, are working together on the project.