A LUXURY hotel on one of the Solent’s Victorian sea forts is set to open this autumn.
No Man’s Land Fort will be a 4.5-star luxury hotel equipped with a helipad.
Amazing Venues, which is owned by entrepreneur Mike Clare, owns the fort and already runs an exclusive hotel at Spitbank Fort.
It says the new hotel will be open in October.
Mark Watts, Solent Forts’ general manager, told The News the 22 bedrooms in the new hotel are being completed ahead of its opening later this year.
He said: ‘It is going extremely well. On Spitbank we are 100-per-cent full until November.
‘Every day we are full to capacity. That is what has spurred us on to move No Man’s Land Fort forward.’
The opening of the new hotel will mean a change in set-up for the existing, five-star Spitbank Fort, which will become an exclusive-use venue.
‘We have done that because the new hotel is going to be so much larger,’ explained Mr Watts. ‘It will fit up to 200 people. There are going to be more than 20 bedrooms.’
Guests who do not want to book the whole fort for their exclusive use will use the new hotel’s facilities.
‘It will be a 4.5-star hotel, three times the size of Spitbank and an awful lot more room for guests,’ he said.
‘There are bigger rooms, and there is a special atrium in the middle of the building.
‘We are putting in fun things for guests like laser quest, virtual golf practice and we will have a cabaret bar and lots of other new things.’
A total of 80 people are set to work on the fort, with a further 40 staff already working at Spitbank Fort.
Portsmouth City council recently approached investors to try to secure more exclusive hotels for the city.
Councillor Donna Jones, leader of the council, said: ‘Portsmouth has so much to offer the high-end market.
‘I’m delighted that Mike Clare has invested so heavily by acquiring forts in the Solent.
‘My desire is to have another five-star hotel in Portsmouth to accommodate the America’s Cup and preliminary races that Sir Ben Ainslie will take part in.’
Councillor Luke Stubbs, cabinet member for planning and regeneration, added: ‘It is giving the local economy a boost to have another premium hotel in the city.’