One of Cambridge’s most interesting buildings is on the verge of being transformed into a new 57-room hotel and tea rooms.
Hobson House, a former police and fire station, has received a planning application that would see the building’s key features preserved and restored.
Developer Henley, which is awaiting approval for its plans, is keen to stress that it would make the building accessible to all the public by converting the former drill yard into a quirky tea room.
The building’s facade, ornate staircase, entrance hall and stain-glass windows would also all be restored under Henley’s ambitious plans.
Henley’s director of hotels and leisure had this to say: “Hobson House is a real architectural jewel in the crown of Cambridge city centre.
“Through our plans to transform it to a boutique luxury hotel and tea room, we are delighted to ensure the key original features of the building will be restored, preserved and finally opened up to the public.
“The restoration will also provide a boost to the local economy. Our plans will create jobs and apprenticeships and deliver a unique hotel model that will add to Cambridge’s hotel offer, invite more extended stays in the city and encourage guests to use neighbouring businesses such as restaurants and bars by forging partnerships with them.”
If all goes ahead, Henley hopes the hotel and tea room will open in the summer of 2020, four years after the building was put up for sale.