Dozens of luxury vacation rentals are to be built in a Cornish seaside devastated by second homes.
The Una St Ives complex is creating 93 new villas, its own outdoor lido pool and a 55-bedroom hotel as part of a £41million investment that will create 300 local jobs.
Work is the second phase of an ambitious expansion project and will now start after being suspended for two years due to the Covid pandemic.
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The resort, which hosted members of the French and German delegations to the G7 summit at Carbis Bay, said the vacation rentals it would build are of the highest quality – uncontroversially – because they don’t not take the housing stock away from local populations. trying to climb the property ladder.
Una St Ives villas are all purpose built holiday rentals and cannot be permanently occupied as second homes.
While work has already started on the hotel, the first 10 villas will also be delivered soon, with the entire project expected to be completed by 2023.
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Una St Ives resort manager James Hemming has previously said his ambition is for the resort to “become the biggest – and best – luxury resort in Cornwall, if not the South West”.
He added: “The pandemic previously prevented us from advancing our highly anticipated construction pipeline, but with a new year upon us and a sense of normalcy re-instilled, we are excited to bring the plans back to life. We are focused on providing a high quality luxury experience to our customers, which is why our development plans are fundamental to helping us continue to deliver this offering.
“Another central aim for us is to be inclusive within our community and to embrace our Cornish roots in all that we do. That is why we have chosen a contractor with a proven track record of delivering “outstanding work in the county and who are proud to hire local talent. Brady Construction Services is the perfect partner to help us build Una into a well-established Cornish business that plays an important role in the prosperity of the county.”
Una St Ives, owned by Kingfisher Resorts, opened in 2014/15 and now has 29 lodges, a restaurant and luxury spa and employs 60 people.
The resort has already invested over £8million in its development work over the past nine years, including introducing 29 new pavilions and an atrium housing its award-winning Una kitchen.
With 56 employees, Una welcomes more than 32,000 visitors each year and has more than 500 members registered with its Leisure Club. Its current facilities include 29 lodges, a luxury spa and gym, an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor Tranquility Garden.
When completed, the luxury resort will accommodate 800 guests at a time.
A family business based in Bodmin, Brady Construction Services operates in Cornwall and Devon with a portfolio spanning the public and private sectors. Headquartered in Bodmin, the company attributes its success to using a local network of skilled professionals to deliver projects across Cornwall and Devon.
James Brady, manager of Brady Construction Services, said: “We are very focused on our roots in Cornwall. Our delivery team for the Una project are Cornish people with many years of experience delivering projects across the county and there will be further local recruitment opportunities for positions such as administrator and laborer of construction to complete the project team. Wherever possible, we will source materials from Cornwall and use materials made in Cornwall.
“Over the past two years, there has been a lot of uncertainty, but this project has guaranteed two years of work, which is a benefit not only for our company, but for everyone involved in the local economy. “