New spa at 15th century hotel expected to cost £2m

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The company which owns a Lavenham hotel has revealed that it will spend £2million on the creation of a state-of-the-art spa.

TA Hotel Collection is set to invest the money at The Swan in High Street.

Plans for the spa, which will feature seven treatment rooms, including steam rooms, a plunge pool and changing rooms, were given the go ahead in early 2012.

It is hoped the facility will lead to an additional 12 jobs being made available at the hotel.

Manger Ingo Wiangke, pictured, said the investment was great news for the business.

“Work on the spa started at the end of September and it is something we have had in mind for a long time,” he said.

“Everything is going well at the moment and we cannot wait to see it finished.”

To allow the spa to be built, the 15th century hotel had to get permission to demolish and rebuild the Wildlife Art Gallery, while also making changes to its car park.

The proposals for the plunge pool were initially withdrawn, after complaints from a number of residents about the impact making space for this would have on the village’s heritage assets.

But this was reinstated in revised plans last year and moved to the courtyard area.

Grahame Tinnion, managing director of TA Hotel Collection, said the spa would have state-of-the art facilities.

“We anticipate the spa will create between 10 and 12 jobs,” he said.

“It is also likely to boost trade at the hotel, which may warrant further recruitment.”

Last year the Swan, which has 45 bedrooms, won a Visit England Gold Award for Excellence.

Its spa is scheduled to be completed, and open to both guests and the community, in December.