Plans have been submitted for the multi-million pound transformation of Nottingham’s Guildhall into a new luxury hotel.
The venture is a partnership between Locksley Hotels and hotel group Ascena, which owns and runs a number of luxury hotel and restaurants in the UK including Birmingham’s Michelin starred Opheem.
If given the green light, the Guildhall, which was originally built in 1887 and has previously been a magistrates’ court, police station and fire station during its history, will be redeveloped into a 162-bedroom hotel, with rooftop fine dining restaurant, with a spa and conference facilities.
The Guildhall building would house the hotel, with the more modern extensions at the back demolished and rebuilt.
The existing courtrooms would be converted into bar and restaurant facilities with a design thread throughout that pays homage to Nottingham’s lace heritage.
The planning application has been submitted by Ascena and architects RPS Design.
John Wilby, project lead for Ascena, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have now submitted planning for the exciting development of one of Nottingham’s most iconic buildings and we hope, all things being well, that work on the site will commence later this year.”
Jack Turton, director for Ascena, added: “With the building sitting derelict for the best part of a decade, we’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the city council in taking steps towards bringing this iconic Nottingham building back to life – it’s been a long time coming!”