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All aboard as Norwich hotelier bids to transform former bus station ticket office into new boutique

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The former ticket office for Norwich’s bus station could be given a new lease of life as a boutique hotel.

A plan to transform the site into a spa, restaurant and hotel has been lodged with Norwich City Council headed up by local hotelier Dennis Bacon, who owns 38 St Giles boutique bed and breakfast.

If given the go ahead, the project would also see a café and penthouse apartment created.

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Bacon is hopeful the new business will help to meet the demand for accommodation in the city and create up to 50 jobs.

He plans to make the spa ‘five-star’ and bring something new to the area.

He said: “It strikes me that Norwich doesn’t have that many boutique hotels. We get a lot of demand and we cannot always meet that demand.

“So I looked at the building and thought ‘what else is Norwich lacking?’ and decided that it needs a five-star spa. I don’t think there’s anything like that in the city or in Cambridge for that matter.”

The spa would be located on the first floor, while there would be two floors of hotel bedrooms and an apartment at the fourth floor level, with a restaurant and café at ground floor level.

The former ticket office, in the Art Deco style, was built in the 1930s, but was knocked down in the 2000s.

Norwich-based architects Hudson Architects intend the new building to reflect the curved frontage of the former ticket office and to have ‘sufficient scale and civic presence’.

Bacon is bidding for the scheme to get approval in January, with work starting in the spring. Construction would take approximately one year with the new hotel ready to open its doors in 2019.

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