Building contractors are expected on-site shortly to start the projected two-year-long total refurbishment and extension of the University Arms Hotel in the centre of Cambridge.

At the heart of the restoration plan is the removal of the extensions added in the 1960s and 70s which obscure the classically-designed original hotel buildings. These will be replaced. In addition the hotel's interior is being re-modelled to create a double-height entrance lobby, a destination restaurant and bar, additional bedroom plus leisure facilities and event space.

The completion date for the new-look University Arms Hotel has now been pushed back to 2017 from Spring 2016.