Developers have been given the green light to convert the former offices of Coventry Evening Telegraph into a new boutique hotel.
It was revealed earlier this year that Complex Development Projects (CDP) had acquired the historic building from the Telegraph’s owner Reach PLC, and now the City Council has given the project the official go ahead.
Around 100 bedrooms, a ground floor restaurant and bar, meeting rooms, penthouse suites and a rooftop bar have been approved for the 1950’s-inspired boutique hotel.
The themed hotel will celebrate the city’s Mid-Century architecture with the restoration, retaining original features of the building including the panelled board room and Lord Iliffe Suite – the top floor apartment of the former owner of the newspaper.
The hotel will open ahead of Coventry being named UK City of Culture in 2021.
Speaking to Coventry Live, Ian Harrabin, of CDP, said: “The planning approval is a major step forward for the hotel proposals. We are in advanced discussions with the council as freeholder and are hoping to have their permission to proceed as we need to push on so we can complete in time for 2021.”
The building, which is said to be one of the iconic post-war buildings in the city, has been vacant since July 2012, when the Telegraph moved to the Canal Basin.