Leicester rugby team unveils plans for ‘animal’ of a hotel in new £22m development project

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Rugby team The Leicester Tigers has revealed plans to build a new hotel next to its home ground in Welford Road, as part of a £22m development project for the site.

If given the green light, the team would construct a 165-bedroom hotel split over five floors on the 1.7 acre Granby Hall car park site.

It would feature meeting rooms and conference space, reception, lounge and dining area, plus a leisure complex including fitness suite, restaurant, sky bar and retail units.

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Talks are continuing to find an operator to run the hotel.

In 2016, Leicester City Council agreed to sell the Granby Halls site, which used to be home to a popular live music and sports arena, to the club.

The site is currently used as an NCP car park.

Tigers are now close to finalising planning with the city council.

Speaking to Leicester Mercury, Tigers chief executive Simon Cohen said: “Liaising with potential investors and the city council, we’re close to reaching an agreement with a global hotel provider to operate a high quality hotel complex which will add an exciting dimension for fans, partners, businesses and the city of Leicester.

Tigers are planning for the development of the site to be completed in time for the 2019/20 season.

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