The Edgbaston boutique plans to more than double in size in a bid to maintain market position

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Boutique hotel and cocktail lounge The Edgbaston has revealed plans to expand, with a proposal to more than double its size submitted to officials.

The bar in Highfield Road in the city opened in 2014 with three cocktail bars and six bedrooms.

Owned by Stuart and Darren Insall, the hotel and each of its areas has been designed by the pair alongside interior stylish Tony Matters paying homage to the building’s Victorian past and early romantic era.

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It has become famous for its cocktails and listed among the best places to stay in Birmingham on TripAdvisor.

The Calthorpe Estate has now unveiled plans to convert vacant office space next door to The Edgbaston to create 14 additional bedrooms in the Grade-II listed building, in a bid to maintain the hotel as a commercially viable business.

A report accompanying the planning application says that the additional bedrooms ‘are considered essential’.

The site at 16 Highfield Road was originally built between 1840 and 1850 but has fallen into a poor condition in need of significant investment, according the application.

The venue sits close to The High Field, a bar and restaurant with 12 hotel rooms which opened in 2014, while other leisure venues in the vicinity include Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons and The Physician which opened last year.

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