A building in Newcastle that started life in 1833 as a merchant traders’ office could be transformed into a boutique hotel if plans are submitted and given the green light.
The Grade-II listed Eldon Chambers could be converted into a hotel with a bar and restaurant, which would give new life to a building that has only ever been used for office space since its construction more than 180 years ago.
Its last residents, law firm Blackett Hart & Pratt, moved out earlier this year and now interior designers Collective Design have drawn up designs that encompass a ground-floor restaurant and bar and bedrooms with views over the River Tyne.
Should planning permission be secured, an operator for the hotel would then be brought in.
In heritage statement and design statement submitted by Collective Design on behalf of Bradley Hall, the design team said Newcastle and Gateshead’s cultural offerings dictate that more hotels are needed.
The documents said: “With bars, restaurants, hotels and art galleries and a music hall, the waterside regeneration of NewcastleGateshead ties the historic beginnings of the city to its dynamic future.
“The Quayside itself was once an industrial area and busy commercial dockside serving the area, while the Newcastle side also hosted a regular street market.
“In recent years as the docks became run-down the area has been heavily redeveloped to provide a modern environment for the modern arts, music and culture, as well as new housing developments.
“With this in mind, the need for hotel accommodation is on the rise as NewcastleGateshead continues to thrive as a city break destination with nine out of 10 hotel rooms full every weekend and almost as many during the week.
“Currently the Quayside is home to three big hotels – The Travelodge, The Malmaison and The Premier Inn with the Hilton over the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead.
“Boutique city centre hotels are becoming increasingly popular with visitors wanting a more luxury stay for their money.