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With some of Richard Carr’s recent developments including hotels, such as the £100m regeneration of Salterns Marina Poole, he is always on the lookout for new and innovative hotel designs to inspire his next project.

Design down under

Richard Carr reviews Vibe Hotel

How behind is the UK when it comes to hotel development?

Canberra, in Australia, has recently unveiled its striking new hotel featuring some highly innovative and prominent architectural features – most notably its curved shape.

The Bates Smart – designed Vibe Hotel has drawn comparisons with the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The airport-based hotel was designed by highly recognised architectural firm Bates Smart, whose vision won them the rights to carry out the building and interior design for the $50m hotel.

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Poole deserves a ‘world class’ marina

Poole-based property specialist Richard Carr has promised to deliver a world class marina and hotel if the £100 million plans to redevelop the current Salterns Marina are approved.

Improving Poole

Salterns Marina on Richard Carr website

The current Salterns Marina hotel, which will be redeveloped if plans are approved

Richard has worked on a number of Poole developments during his 30 years in the property sector, with examples available in the ‘Development’ section of his website.

Acting for Salterns Marina, Richard Carr hopes to have plans for the redevelopment work with Poole planners by the end of the year and if successful look to start work this time next year.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Richard said: “Effectively what it brings Poole and the area is world class status.

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Latest Richard Carr development making headlines

Development Specialist Richard Carr is spearheading the re-development of Salterns Marina in Poole, which is set to receive a £100m facelift if plans are approved by the local council.


Architects view of planned Salterns Marina development

An artists impression of Salterns Marina

News of the facelift, which has been developed by Richard, proved popular with both local media in Poole and industry publications across the UK.

Revealed on Monday, the news has been published on 10 website with links to all the articles available via the ‘Press’ section of Richard’s website.

The news broke on Saturday morning via the Bournemouth Echo, who wrote about Richard Carr’s £100m development.

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Saudi Arabia to become the ‘Mecca’ of hotels

Richard Carr is always on the lookout for interesting hotel developments and the latest news making the headlines regards the world’s largest hotel, which is to be built in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

10,000 rooms and a helicopter bad

In his hometown of Poole, Richard Carr has been responsible for a number of hotel developments in the area. Examples of which are featured on his website.

Richard Carr Abraj Kudai image

The Abraj Kudai is set to become the world’s largest hotel

However, he has never gained planning for one which included a helicopter pad!

The 10,000 room hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia is part of a mixed-use development at Abraj Kudai costing in excess of £2b. The project is designed to look like a desert fortress, which encompasses a ring of towers standing on top of a podium.

44 storeys high

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Budget hotels forecasted to prosper

The upscaling of budget hotels across the UK in the last few years has had a positive effect on the market with budget brands set to make up 47% of new hotel development over the next three years.


Richard Carr Travelodge

Travelodge is dominating the budget hotel market

Residential and Commercial Development Specialist Richard Carr has helped gain planning approval on a variety of hotels based in the south of the country. Examples of his planning achievements can be seen on the ‘Developments’ page of his website.

According to BDO’s latest Hotel Britain report, it will be budget chains such as Premier Inn dominating the market.

The study cited the diversity of the budget hotel market, touching on developments such as Premier Inn’s hub, Citizen M, Tune and the Qbic Hotels, has helped drive growth in the industry.

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Hotel investment experiences post-recession high

Reporting on new data by Savills, Property Week announced that investment in the UK hotel market hit a post-recession high last year of £6.1bn – the highest since 2006.

Regional markets

Richard Carr Hotel Investment image

Will the hotel investment boom continue in the UK?

Activity wasn’t just high in the capital though, with 71% of deals taking place outside of London as confidence in the regional markets flooded back.

In 2013, Middle East investors had been most active in the market, however last year it was US investors who were busiest. Investors from the States doubled the amount they spent in the UK last year, taking them past the £2.1bn mark.

In total, overseas investors accounted for £2.9bn (47%) of total volumes, which was an increase of 14.1% on 2013.

Investment from Asia and the Pacific also rose considerably by 65%, with the largest deal costing £135m for the purchase of Wentworth Golf Club by the Chinese Reignwood Group.

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Is Europe set to follow Asia in Skyscraper competition?

In recent times Asia has set the standard when it comes to jaw-dropping, state-of-the-art skyscrapers, but according to the Telegraph, a sleepy resort in the Swiss Alps could be set to challenge for the title.

Spa resort set to become Europe’s tallest skyscraper

Richard Carr Vals Swiss

Vals, Switzerland

Quiet towns, chalets, skiing and small chapels are just some of the things you relate to when thinking about the Swiss Alps. However, if proposed plans are approved, a remote spa resort high in the Alps could become home to the tallest skyscraper in Europe.

Vals, a town of just 1,000 people which is hidden away some 4,000 feet up in the Swiss Alps, will be the location for the tower measuring a proposed 1,250-feet in the air, 250ft higher than London’s shard.

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Hotel market set to experience further growth in 2015

Richard Carr, an operator in the UK hotel market, was pleased to read the latest report from CBRE hotels, which suggests that there is ‘considerable headroom’ for further revenue and profit growth in 2015.

Strong occupancy driving growth in the sector

Richard Carr Hotel

Regional hotels benefit from growing UK Economy

The report also reviewed last year’s performance, which saw the UK regional hotel market experience 9.2% revenue per available room.

Growth was also experienced on meetings and events, with revenue per square metre of conference space up 7.6% year on year in 2014.

The report suggested that the UK’s regional hotel performance was in part a result of the country’s continued economic recovery. Britain’s GDP is ahead of any other G7 counterpart in terms of growth, whilst unemployment levels are now at pre-recession levels.

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NL Architects propose a “slightly insane project”

In Richard Carr’s experience, it isn’t often that you find the people behind a project describe it as “insane”, but that is the case with the latest offering from NL Architects.

Gem-inspired hotels

Richard Carr Gem Stone

The gemstone inspired hotel

An island off the south coast of China could become the first location for a chain of gem-inspired hotels.

Purple amethyst crystals formed inside rocks have provided the inspiration for the highly ambitious hotel design, proposed by Dutch studio NL Architects.

The “slightly insane project” will see guest rooms housed behind the faceted glass that makes up its fantasy crystals.

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US firm helps create 1,300 UK jobs

Commercial and Residential Development Consultant Richard Carr welcomed the Derbyshire Times’ news that a partnership between the UK and USA will see a £400million tourism development create 1,300 job, in the region.

Peak Resorts to build near Chesterfield

Richard Carr Peak Resorts

The area in Chesterfield which will be the Peak Resorts development

The UK’s PM David Cameron is set to announce the partnership during his tour of America this week. The development will see a new £400m integrated all-weather, year round leisure, health, sport and education destination on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

The investment will see a UK development company and US firm Grand Heritage Hotel Group join forces to deliver the project. It’s expected to create 1,300 full time jobs when it opens and hundreds more across the construction and development trades over the next three and half years.

The proposal will also dramatically improve the tourism within the area and provide a welcome boost to businesses in the local economy.

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