Plans for Bristol’s first five-star boutique expanded

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Plans for Bristol’s first five-star hotel in the city have been expanded, before a full application is submitted to the local council.

An original proposal to convert the Guildhall in Bristol into a luxury hotel at a cost of £10m, was first revealed in spring 2013.

But now it’s emerged that those plans have been altered and expanded in order to create a slightly larger hotel.

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Current owners of the Guildhall in Broad Street in the city, the Trevor Osbourne Property Group now wants to use the adjoining former Bank of England building to create even more rooms for the new development.

The original proposal was to convert the 19th century building into 64 rooms and suites, along with a spa complex and rooftop swimming pool.

The Grade-I listed building was built between 1844 and 1847 and is currently occupied by the Bristol Citizens’ Advice Bureau. It was sold to the Trevor Osbourne Property Group in 2012, by the city council, who, because of the Guildhall’s impressive facade, views the building as historically important.

Trevor Osborne, of the Bath-based property group, said the proposal was still at "pre-application" stage, which means a full proposal has not yet been submitted to the city council for consideration.

Speaking to Bristol Post, Osbourne said: "Including the former Bank of England building means we can get an increase in the number of bedrooms.

"It will be at the five-star quality at which we were aiming but we wanted nearer 100 rooms."

Boutique Hotelier also reported last month that Osbourne’s property group also plans to turn the former HSBC in Corn Street in Bristol into a boutique hotel and restaurant.

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