BIRMINGHAM: Boutique hotel plan for Paradise
Artist impression of proposed hotel and offices as part of the Paradise development.
A smaller “boutique” style hotel will form part of a huge £700 million Birmingham city centre development under new plans.
Planners approved an amendment to proposals as part of the Paradise regeneration project which means the hotel will be reduced in size by four storeys.
The original facility was intended to be built as a replacement for the Copthorne Hotel and was expected to be between 20 and 23 storeys in size and up to 250 bedrooms.
But, after Copthorne decided to sell up its Birmingham operation, it has been decided a smaller hotel between 16 and 19 storeys high is more suitable.
In addition to this, an office block (Plot F) earmarked to be built next to the new hotel is to be increased from eight storeys to 10 storeys high.
Both the hotel and offices are part of property developers £700 million Paradise project which will also feature a 49-storey tower with more than 340 apartments in it.
The scheme, based on land at Paradise Circus Queensway, Chamberlain Square, Parade and Paradise Street, will also feature flexible leisure, café or retail floorspace of 800 square metres.
The project has been in the pipeline for years and outline planning permission was granted back in 2012.
Buildings on site have been developed and the initial phases of the development have been completed with new offices already opened.
A report to Thursday’s (November 11) planning committee said: “It was envisaged at the time of the original outline planning permission, that the
proposed hotel would be a replacement for the existing Copthorne Hotel.
“However, Copthorne Hotels have confirmed its intent to close its Birmingham hotel and it will no longer be replaced on the site.
“A smaller “boutique hotel” is therefore proposed, which means there is a need to reduce the approved minimum and maximum building heights by 17m (approximately four storeys) from between 20-23 storeys down to between 16 and 19 storeys.”
In their application for amending plans, the developers said: “This does not seek to review or change the uses proposed on the site, these will remain the same.
“Nor do the proposals change the fundamental principle of the proposals: it will remain an office-led development, of the highest design quality, with appropriate ancillary uses to help create activity and foster positive place-making in the centre of Birmingham.
“On this basis it is considered that the ‘in principle’ acceptability of the proposed development is not altered, and continued to comply with the Development Plan.”
They added: “These proposals will support economic growth and productivity, and will create conditions which will encourage businesses to invest, expand, and adapt.
“The proposed increase in height of Plot F will enable the completion of Phase 2 of the development, with the delivery of an exemplar office building, which is adaptable to meet 21st Century demands and work-place standards in terms of sustainability, well-being and technology, ensuring that the scheme will be of a sufficient size to attract (and retain) high quality occupiers to the city.”
Words: Gurdip Thandi, Local Democracy Reporter
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