Former BBC centre to launch as luxury hotel this month

The Wood Norton, in Worcestershire, will officially open on 29 November following a £4m restoration project.

The Wood Norton opens on 29 November 2012
The Wood Norton opens on 29 November 2012

The opening event next week will mark the end of the refurbishment project, which has seen the Grade II-listed building transformed from a former BBC broadcasting centre into a 50-room hotel and restaurant.

The venue also has four meetings rooms, accommodating up to 20 delegates, and a spa is planned in a second phase of work.

The Wood Norton general manager Oliver Cooke said: "We’re absolutely thrilled with the results. The building looks fantastic, and will make for a great place for holiday makers and business professionals to eat and stay.

"The building is steeped in history, having been built originally as a hunting lodge for European Royalty in 1897. It’s since been the home of the BBC for over 60 years, and we’re now looking to create our own piece of history by turning it into a fantastic get-away."

The BBC bought the site in 1939 to establish an emergency broadcasting centre away from London. It became one of the largest broadcasting centres in Europe with an average output of 1,300 programmes a week. When the war was over, Wood Norton became the BBC's engineering training centre.

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