The initial work to transform the House of Fraser in Exeter has commenced. The famous departmental store will be converted to a magnificent luxury hotel, comprising cutting edge champagne rooftop bar, gym, four retail units, spa, restaurants, and bars. The plans have been spearheaded by a full-service professional firm situated in Exeter to create a splendid destination for both locals and visitors.
The long-awaited transformation of the 65,000 sq. ft. structure will bring immense benefits to both the owner and the city. If all goes well, the newly rebuilt structure will open its doors during Christmas in 2021. The site was purchased by a consortium under the leadership of Prydis for an unknown amount of money.
The actual work began in February by removing the interior fittings to allow the architects to understand the inner layout fully and to make it easier for the builders. Currently, the views and the windows, which have been hidden for decades, can now be seen clearly. By doing so, the architects will be able to come up with designs most suitable for the intended purpose of the structure.
The 1950s building was put-up in a perfect site opposite to the historic Tudor building and next to Exeter Cathedral. Other amendments include alteration of the shop lightning, which was previously covered by the suspended ceilings. Rumors have it that some fittings such as the famous brass staircase railings in the entire building will remain in place.
A modern restaurant and rooftop bar will be on the roof. From here, customers enjoying delicacies will have no problems when it comes to viewing Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Castle as well as St Stephens Church. The sports bar will be situated on the ground floor close to Lloyds Lounge and St Catherine’s Square. A day spa, which will be situated in the basement, will be home to hot tubs, gym, treatment rooms, and a champagne bar.