DEVELOPERS behind the on-going transformation of the Green Man royal Hotel have announced details of the next few phases of work.
Phase one of turning the dilapidated St John Street pub and hotel into a centrepiece for the town involved setting up a clothing store in its former Johnson and Boswell bars and, with that phase complete, all eyes are now on the start of the next phases.
The next change planned for the building will be two shops created within the courtyard’s existing buildings, and then work could begin on a licensed brasserie, also in the courtyard.
Subject to the necessary consultations and planning approval the following phase would see the accomodation areas reshaped to provide ‘fewer but better’ rooms and, in a later phase of development, talks are beginning to design a pub that owners say they want to be ‘sympathetic to the Green Man and its historical association with Shrovetide’.
A project spokesman said: “Our overall aim is to turn the Green Man into a high quality retail and leisure destination, which will add value to Ashbourne commercial footprint and increase tourism and visitors to the Town in general but just as importantly give local people more varied quality shopping and leisure options.
“The building remains challenging to develop due to its run-down condition and restrictive layout but each project is being carefully considered so that they represent viable and sustainable solutions.
“A combination of listed building advisors, local architects along with early consultations with planners are enabling us to find complimentary ideas for each phase of the project.”
It is hoped the two shops could be ready to open in the first half of 2014 and the hotel phase could open by the end of the year.