Get in touch: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting YORK to 80360 or send an email»
Hotel group looks to tweak plans for former council offices in St Leonard’s Place
A LUXURY hotel group is looking to tweak its plans for a new hotel on the site of former council offices in York and clear the way for work on the £20 million development to start.
Planning permission to refurbish the Grade II-listed building in St Leonard’s Place, vacated by City of York Council when its staff moved to the authority’s new £32 million West Offices HQ in March, was granted last year, but its owners now hope to add extra bedrooms.
If amended proposals being put before council planners are backed, the four-star hotel – expected to employ between 80 and 100 people – will have 92 rooms, four more than originally intended.
Since developer Rushbond plc secured planning approval, the 182-year-old building has been bought by Warwickshire-based Ambiance Hotels, and talks have been held about appointing a top boutique hotel operator.
The modifications are designed to make the section of the building known as 5 St Leonard’s Place the principal entrance to the hotel and moving the reception area.
Changes to the design of the hotel’s roof terrace, lift, kitchen and toilets have also been made, and alterations to the location of meeting rooms will provide space for additional bedrooms.
In a statement to the council, the applicants, under the banner of St Leonard’s Developments, said: “The operator has international experience in the use and renovation of historic buildings to provide prestigious quality hotel accommodation.
“The main terrace buildings will be sensitively restored and converted. Selective demolition of low-value outbuildings will allow the construction of a new extension to the historic billiard rooms and the creation of a new landscaped public dining area, and the existing council customer services building will be retained and converted to a new function suite.”
Work is expected to start next spring in partnership with Harcourt Capital and Hotel Land & Development, with the name of the hotel’s operator yet to be confirmed. Ambiance also owns Harrogate’s Kimberley Hotel and other boutique hotels in the North and Midlands.
Comments are closed on this article.