Recruitment voyage begins as Offshore gets ship-shape

A multi-million-pound project is progressing apace in Lytham St Annes that will see two of the resort’s hotels relaunched as a spectacular, new 99 key inn.

Offshore is currently rising phoenix-like from the former Lindum and Carlton hotels on South Promenade, as owners The Inn Collection Group regenerate the historic properties.

Bought by the Newcastle-based pub with rooms operator in November 2020 and May 2021 respectively, planning permission for the project was granted in March last year.

Extensively remodelling and refurbishing the venue, Offshore is becoming a family-friendly restaurant with 250 covers and a large outdoor seating terrace to maximise the venue’s shoreline location.

The revamp will also see the full refurbishment of all bedrooms, with Silverstone Building Consultancy as the project manager for the programme.

So far, the façade of the buildings have been stripped and re-rendered and have been completely re-roofed and with new windows installed. Internally, all steelwork modifications have been carried out, with a new lift pit, staircases, drylining and mist coating works all progressing well.

Commenting on progress to date, Louise Stewart, property director at The Inn Collection Group said: “This major investment is creating a vibrant new facility for the community and visitors to enjoy, which will also contribute to the wider economy of Lytham St Annes.

“We are rejuvenating the site whilst still retaining its character to deliver a relaxed, welcoming beachside venue.”

Ben Rennocks, director at Silverstone Building Consultancy’s Leeds office, added: “It’s incredibly satisfying to see the transformation of the old, dilapidated hotels into the new modern facility.

“On completion, it will be a great-looking venue with quality amenities that make the most of its wonderful, coastal views.”

The principal contractor is Manchester-based Medlock, GSS are the architect, Maughan Reynolds Partnership have carried out the structural and civil engineering works, Sine have designed the mechanical and electrical installations and Design North have created the interior designs.

Set to open its doors in 2024, recruitment is now beginning for the new-look venue with applications open for the position of Offshore’s general manager.

One of an anticipated 60 full-time jobs, the successful candidate will play a key role in building the team at Offshore and ensuring the property is ready to welcome customers with open arms.

Responsibilities and accountabilities include ensuring exceptional levels of guest satisfaction, direct line responsibility for the senior team of assistant managers, head chef and head housekeeper and overseeing the commercial performance of the business.

Seeking a highly motivated individual with a focus on customer service and an ability to lead, hire, develop and motivate staff, Offshore’s general manager will also have a strong food background and hospitality will be at the forefront of their demeanour.

Leading the recruitment process, The Inn Collection Group’s recruitment manager Catherine Bellhouse said: “It goes without saying that this is a very special role that will need a very special GM and the appointment will be made well in advance of the Inn opening, so the successful candidate will be heavily involved in get everything ship-shape to welcome our customers with open arms.

“We’re a previous winner of the Best Pub Employer category at The Publican awards and have this year been named on The Sunday Times Best Places list.

“We have a range of benefits including 50% off food in any of our Inns a third off room bookings all year round and a comprehensive employee assistance programme.

“It’s an exciting time to join The Inn Collection Group and this is a key role that it is going to be very exciting to fill.”

Further details of the general manager position and other opportunities at Offshore can be found at The Inn Collection Group’s careers portal.