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Pioneering hotel college in Marbella is knocked down

Demolition at the site near the centre of the town.
Demolition at the site near the centre of the town. / CHARO MÁRQUEZ
  • Owners of the plot of land on which the former Bellamar college stood wanted to knock it down to make way for two blocks of apartments

A hotel and catering college set up more than 50 years ago to satisfy the demand of a growing Costa del Sol has been demolished. The former Bellamar college in the centre of Marbella trained 35,000 professionals in skills vital to the success of the tourism trade.

However the owners of the plot of land that the college building is on called time last year, wanting to knock it down to make way for two blocks of apartments. The failure to update Marbella's PGOU town plan since 1986 meant that plans to protect part of the land for public use never materialised.

Other sites were investigated but as yet none has been found. The council has suggested an Andalusian regional government centre on the beach near Elviria could be used, but the bureaucracy to change use and ownership is seen as hard to overcome. Meanwhile, two ideas from local restaurant entrepreneurs for starting training schools are being considered.