Fragrance went public with concerns week before builder collapsed in February 

Willmott Dixon has won a £23m deal to build a new hotel for the client who first went public with its concerns about collapsed contractor Midas.

The firm will build the four-star Corbyn Head Hotel in Devon seaside resort Torquay for Fragrance Group.

Willmott Dixon will begin work on the 152-bed scheme this summer which has been drawn up by Torquay firm Kay Elliott Architects. The job is due to finish in summer 2024.

Corbyn Head Hotel in Torquay (2)

Source: Kay Elliott Architects

The scheme will finish in summer 2024

In January, Singapore-based Fragrance flagged concerns about the slow progress Midas was making on two of its hotel schemes in nearby Paignton.

It eventually drafted in local firm Brady Construction to complete the jobs after Midas sank into administration in February.

Earlier this week, it was revealed Midas owes 300 former employees more than £4.5m in missing money, joining a host of unsecured creditors and suppliers who are out of pocket by more than £51m.