Work starts for Novotel project

Last updated 13:30 03/05/2014

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Construction is under way on a $22 million Novotel hotel on the corner of New Plymouth's Leach and Hobson streets.

Ground works started last week and the 100-room hotel is planned to open in July next year.

The hotel feature a mix of executive and studio rooms, one-bedroom apartments and a penthouse suite.

There will also be three food and beverage outlets, two meeting rooms, a swimming pool, gymnasium and a day spa.

Hotel developer Philip Brown, who founded Tenderlink before selling it to Fairfax Media for $21.6 million in 2010, said he was "very happy" to see the project getting under way as it had been a three-year planning process.

Accor New Zealand, Fiji and Japan operations vice-president Garth Simmons said the New Plymouth branch was a "key development" for the Taranaki region. He said the project would "positively add" to New Zealand's hotel industry and its wider economy.

Novotel is the mid-level hotel of French hotel group Accor's portfolio and has about 400 hotels and resorts located in 60 countries.

The New Plymouth branch will be the eighth Novotel to join the brand, with other hotels located in Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and two in Auckland.

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