Hotel tycoon eyeing up castle

Trevor Osborne
Trevor Osborne

THE developer behind a £50m project which transformed a derelict prison into a top visitor attraction has declared his interest in spearheading a similar transformation of Lancaster Castle.

Trevor Osborne helped turn the former HM Prison Oxford into into a 94-bedroom hotel, art gallery and heritage centre.

The development, which was seven years in the making, also includes nine restaurants, 40 apartment blocks and open space for concerts, markets and fetes.

It was opened by the Queen in 2005 – eight years after the prison service moved out, prompting Oxfordshire County Council to buy the site for just £9,000.

The Malmaison hotel is now the chain’s highest occupancy property in the country.

For full story see the Lancaster Guardian (04-02-11)