New Oxford boutique plan could include beer brewery


A plan for a new 150-bedroom four-star hotel in Oxford could include a restaurant, deli and new microbrewery if developers get the green light.

The £30m proposal from Dominvs Group will see the creation of a new boutique hotel under the Hotel Indigo name, in the city centre.

Part of the site on the corner of Paradise Street and St Thomas Street was formerly used as the Brewery Gate pub and associated with the old Morrell’s Brewery, most of which has now been turned into flats.

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The Cooper Callas building, which has been unused for several years, would be demolished.

The planning application for the new development is expected by either September or October, with Dominvs Group claiming that the proposal would provide a £30m investment in Oxford along with the creation of 80 jobs once the hotel is up and running.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said: “It is a very attractive scheme and would also open on to the back of Wareham Stream with a microbrewery, possibly creating a nice place to sit with a drink.

“From the council’s point of view, it will bring more hotel space and will also improve that area, bringing extra trade to the restaurants at the castle.”

Hospitality portfolio director, Dominvs Group Preetpal Ahluwalia, said: “We’re really excited about the possibility of renovating the site because we think it would be an added bonus to an already great city.”

Mr Ahluwalia said that the company would be looking to team up with local colleges and training providers should the plans go ahead.

He said: “On completion we would definitely be looking to partner with somewhere like Oxford Brookes University in order to provide apprenticeships for students across a range of construction and hospitality courses.”