Active Hospitality, a well-established hotel operator, will become the new owner of Easthampstead Park Conference Centre (EPCC) on Monday, 8 October, after exchange of contracts was confirmed today. (Friday, 28 September).
This decision comes following a successful bid to take over the much loved venue, with the transfer of the ongoing and continuous business securing its future for the benefit of the Bracknell Forest community.
Active Hospitality is well respected in the hotel and catering industry, having previously owned and managed Malmaison, Hotel Du Vin, De Vere Hotels and De Vere Venues. They presently own and have successfully refurbished Gorse Hill in Woking and Villiers Hotel in Buckingham, both of which were kept open and operational during their recent upgrades.
Exciting plans are already in place to enhance EPCC through significant investment in the building, which will include: an additional 67 bedrooms, a complete refurbishment of the existing bedrooms; a new reception, lounge, café and afternoon tea area; a revamped restaurant and dedicated bar area and revised meeting space.
In addition, a health and fitness centre will be created in the Whitfield building and a dry health and beauty spa developed in the basement of the main building, all of which will be accessible to local residents.
Rick Aspland-Robinson, a partner at Active Hospitality said:
“We’re thrilled to have been given this opportunity to upgrade and transform this beautiful building in the heart of Berkshire. We will create a bespoke hotel, wedding venue and conference centre enhancing its current features and creating new and improved areas for the local community to come and enjoy.
“We appreciate there has been some speculation and worry from local residents regarding housing in the area, but we confirm that our business is in hotel, wedding, conferencing and health and fitness and we look forward to working with current EPCC staff and providing a significant number of additional job opportunities as the transformation gets underway.
“We would like to reassure current wedding clients that all existing bookings will be honoured. This is your special day and we will make it so. We are really keen to engage with local residents and will be holding a ‘meet and greet’ session on Sunday, 30 September at EPCC from 11am to 3pm. We’d like to encourage residents to come along to find out more.”
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, resources and public protection, said:
“We’re delighted the future of this important venue and its ancient woodland has been secured. We can now begin to look forward to the exciting changes ahead, which will see EPCC become even more accessible for local residents and businesses, as well as those from further afield.”
Dubs in the Park has already been confirmed for May 2019. Further information will be shared as the refurbishment progresses. Follow EPCC on Facebook to keep up-to-date.