Horton’s Estates prepares to unveil The Grand Birmingham in 2018 as search for operator hots up

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The historic Grand Hotel in Birmingham will reopen in 2018 following an extensive £45m renovation process driven by the building’s owners Horton’s Estates.

The building, which was been closed since 2002, has been undergoing an complete refurbishment since 2012, in a bid to return the property back to its former glory, with the project dubbed one of the most dramatic hotel renovations in the UK.

The 137-year-old hotel, designed in French renaissance style, had fallen into disrepair and was close to being demolished in 2003, before the new owners stepped in.

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Now it’s been reported that Horton’s Estates is in the ‘closing stages of negotiations with a four-star hotel operator to take over The Grand lease’, with the brand poised to begin fit out in the autumn was a deal has been signed.

The new hotel will have 170 bedrooms.

The Grosvenor Suite will open its doors to the public this year for a series of special events, including Flatpack Film Festival and a foodie experience from Birmingham restaurant The Wilderness.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Tony Green, Horton’s Estates chief executive, said: “We are thrilled to open our doors to the public for the first since this great building closed in 2002 for these two special events. The Grosvenor Suite was the centre of civil life in Birmingham and it will be great to see come alive.”

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