More hotel rooms for Birmingham

The past two months have seen two hotel developments in planning. November 2008 saw a planning application submitted to turn Ladywood House, adjacent to New Street Station, into a 335 bedroom hotel. December 4th meanwhile saw a planning application to convert 1-2 & 3-6 Waterloo Street into a 160 bed hotel receive planning approval.

The Ladywood House planning application, C/05852/08/FUL, is from the Whitbread Group to "Change of use from former office accomadation to provide a 335 bedroom hotel including restaurant and bar area. Cladding and minor alterations to existing entrance on Stephenson Street".

Ladywood House, in the centre of the picture, seen from House of Fraser on Corporation Street.

The following images from the planning application show the changes to the entrance to Ladywood House.

The planning application to convert 1-2 & 3-6 Waterloo Street to a hotel was approved on the 4th December and replaces an earlier scheme for the site. The approved scheme is a 160-bed hotel with ancillary restaurant and separate restaurant on ground & lower ground floor & associated elevational alterations.

The earlier scheme, shown below was designed by Associated Architects and intended to add more Grade A office space to Birmingham commercial sector. It was withdrawn with the approved scheme now moving to refurb the existing building into a 160 bed hotel.

The planning approval for the refurbishment of the current building to a hotel maintains most of the current building, shown below.

Changes to the ground floor of the building are listed below, from the planning application.

Alterations are also proposed to the ground floor elevation of 1-2 Waterloo Street. These consist of the removal of the existing corner entrance and the squaring off of the corner with curtain glazing, and the removal of the existing small square windows and their replacement with full height units to create a more active frontage.


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