A London-based developer is planning to open new boutique bedrooms above his Grade-II listed wedding venue in Middlesbrough after plans for expansion got the green light.
Upper floors at the Grand Astoria, which opened as a specialist venue in 2015, will be transformed into 24 bedrooms, while an additional roof space will also be built onto the historic building.
Owner Umar Hussain, director of London-based Southmill Property Development Ltd, says there could be potential for up to 80 bedrooms in total.
Speaking to Teeside Live, he said: “We knew there was potential because we had a lot of people asking ‘is there any accommodation, any hotels nearby’.
“It has taken a few months but we got there, which I’m delighted about.”
Work is due to start soon and the venue will close during construction.
Hussain added: “We may run the hotel ourselves but we are also talking to potential franchisees about the possibility of a brand name coming in.”
The Wilson Street venue, formerly Chicago Rock and Liquid nightclubs, started life as a theatre in 1906.
It was also a cinema, a ballroom in the 50s, a social club in the 60s and the Wonderland Bingo hall which closed in 1987.