Rockmount Hotel plans 'will not damage character'

Artist's impression of first floor restaurant at Rockmount, Guernsey
Image caption Brian Tyrrell said the investment in the 110-year-old building was needed

Plans to redevelop the Rockmount Hotel at Cobo Bay will not damage the building's character, the architect has said.

A campaign group to keep the hotel as a "traditional beach pub" was set up when plans to refurbish the building were announced in January.

They include a first floor restaurant and redecorating the bars.

Architect Brian Tyrrell said: "We're hoping the feel of the building and the locals will all stay."

He said the building was 110 years old and needed some investment.

The plans for change came after the lease held by David Nussbaumer, whose family had run the pub for 40 years, was not renewed by owners Randalls of Guernsey.

Image caption If approved the work would be carried out next year

Mr Tyrrell said the well-known building on the west coast would not change as it was "an extremely sensitive site".

He said there would be the addition of a restaurant and drawings of the plans have been submitted to the Environment Department.

It is hoped the project could start in January, with the bars having to close for the work before reopening in April or May and the restaurant opening next September.

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