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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 14:58 GMT
Seafront hotel to be rebuilt
Fire at Grand Hotel
Rebuilding work at the Grand Hotel will cost more than 1m
A Plymouth seafront hotel gutted by fire is to be closed for two years for rebuilding work.

Damage estimated at more than 1m was caused to the Grand Hotel in September.

But when the work is completed, the Grand will be upgraded to become the city's first five-star hotel.

Rebuilding work will cost more than 1m, but knocking the hotel down was never an option as the Grade II listed building forms a key part of local history.

"We now know that it will take two years to rebuild the Grand," said Sally Perdrisat, from the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

The Grand is one of Plymouth's most important Victorian buildings
Chris Robinson, historian
"But at the end of that we will get what we always should have had, which is a five-star hotel."

Much of the Grand, which was built in 1879, was destroyed in the fire.

Local historian Chris Robinson said he was pleased to hear such an historic building was being rebuilt.

"The Grand is one of Plymouth's most important Victorian buildings," he said.

"It was from a hotel balcony that William Ewart Gladstone addressed thousands of people on Plymouth Hoe.

"Smeaton's Tower was transferred up on to the Hoe in the same era, but it is the Grand that really forms the cornerstone of the promenade."

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