Ascena and RPS Design submit application for four-star hotel

1st June 2020 (Last Updated June 1st, 2020 16:25)

Midlands hotel operator Ascena and architect RPS Design Group have submitted planning application to Nottingham City Council for a four-star hotel.

Ascena and RPS Design submit application for four-star hotel
The hotel will feature 162 beds and also include a rooftop fine dining restaurant. Credit: Jan Claus from Pixabay.

Midlands hotel operator Ascena and architect RPS Design Group have submitted planning application to Nottingham City Council for a four-star hotel.

As part of a more than £100m construction project, Nottingham’s Guildhall building will be converted into a hotel.

These plans were developed in joint venture by Locksley Hotels and Ascena.

The latest application reveals the final plans for a hotel, which will feature 162 beds and also include a rooftop fine dining restaurant, spa and wedding conference facilities.

Work on the hotel development project is expected to start later this year. It is set to bring more than 250 jobs.

Nottingham Guildhall was originally built in 1887 and earlier it housed a magistrates’ court, a police station and a fire station during its history.

Ascena project lead John Wilby told media sources: “It is a landmark development for the city and a key destination for people across the East Midlands.

“Following close work with heritage consultants Turley and Historic England, we’ve ensured that the plans submitted will see a sensitive restoration of the Grade II listed building. The Guildhall is an amazing building and we are naturally delighted to be working with the city council.”

The project will see the conversion of the existing courtrooms in the building into bar and restaurant facilities, while the original listed features would be retained.

Furthermore, the northern elevation of the building will be extended.

The hotel will be renovated to draw on the features of the historic building. Talks are currently ongoing with developers with regard to the replacement of the previous police and fire stations.