Work is progressing well on the old Mannin Hotel site at the bottom of Broadway but the new hotel could well be a year away from completion.
Keith Lord, of Manannan Investments, who is the owner and developer of the site said they hoped to replicate the old building which will be the same size but using modern materials and built to 21st century specifications.
Work is currently being done on interior plastering including traditional decorative mouldings and cornices. Some windows still need fitting but the work is weather proof allowing completion work to focus on the inside.
‘There’s a lot of internal features from the old building that we want to replicate but the moulds have to be made specially and it could take nine months to complete,’ he said.
‘The benefit of the new building is it uses steel and reinforced concrete, not wood, so it is more fire proof but it is still a copy of the original hotel.’