Plans have been submitted to convert the upper floors of the former Fenwick building into a 92-room Aparthotel together with a rooftop bar.
This will sit alongside a separate application to convert the ground floor into four retail units.
The Aparthotel will include studio, one and two bedroom suites and all have been designed to bring out the period detail of the building in each room, using existing features wherever possible.
The rooftop bar is formed from a single storey extension and will be available to guests staying in the apartments along with private members. Plans include space for a roof terrace, semi-enclosed courtyard and greenhouse/winter garden.
Jason Sobey, Vijay Patel and Thomas Knust are developers for the project. Sobey said: “We bought the building because it is a historical landmark for Leicester and we wanted to ensure it would remain a significant destination within the city.”
“Our vision is to create a contemporary, exclusive development, similar to the hugely successful Gotham Hotel in Manchester, which sympathetically combines the heritage of the building whilst giving it a new lease of life.”
Leicester City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I very much welcome these plans, particularly the inclusion of a 92-room Aparthotel. This will be great for business users and families visiting the city and will offer an alternative to a more conventional hotel stay.”
“The former Fenwick’s building is an important and much-loved part of the city’s heritage, and I am very pleased to see these exciting plans progressing so quickly.”
The iconic building dates back to 1880 and was designed by well-known Victorian architect, Isaac Barradale. Part of the building, along Market Street and at the junction with Belvoir Street, is grade II listed.
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