A new boutique hotel is set to open in the centre of Birmingham in what was once home to a nightclub.

Plans have been published which would see the conversion of a series of units including vacant offices in Summer Row, on the edge of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, into a new hotel. The hotel will have 52 bedrooms plus a new restaurant. A late 2019 opening is anticipated - subject to planning approval.

Summer Row is developing a reputation for its restaurants. It already includes the high-end Indian restaurant Opheem plus an Italian restaurant Legna.

Summer Row at ‘the entrance’ to the Jewellery Quarter is just north of the city centre and a short walk from both Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill stations.

Plans to transform the House of Fraser department store in Birmingham city centre – formerly known as ‘Rackhams’ -  into an office scheme with a hotel have been published.

The scheme includes a 200-bedroom hotel plus bars, restaurants, cafés and retail space.

The Rackhams building opened initially in stages between 1960 and 1966. Recently however, the department store had been earmarked for closure by House of Fraser. The store is located in Corporation Street in the centre of Birmingham.  

The project is still to go through the planning process at Birmingham City Council. We will monitor progress.

St John's Hotel in Solihull has been granted planning permission for a new five-storey extension to the rear of its existing building. The building will add a further 88 bedrooms.

St John's Hotel currently has 180 bedrooms. It was granted planning permission in September to add another 21 across its three existing floors.

From a meetings viewpoint, St John’s Hotel has 1,237 sq-mt of conference and events space with 13 meeting rooms, the largest room accommodating up to 700 delegates theatre style.

Leisure facilities at St John’s Hotel include an indoor swimming pool and sauna plus a fully equipped health club.

St John’s Hotel is conveniently located on the edge of Solihull town centre, a short walk of Solihull station with a regular service on the Chiltern Line to London Marylebone. It is five minutes from the M42 motorway and a 20-minute drive from Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International station.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts UK has announced plans to open a new hotel and conference centre in Birmingham, as part of a major regeneration project in the city.

The group is overseeing the development of a 195-bedroom Aloft hotel and an adjacent conference venue in Birmingham’s Eastside area.

The development would form part of Birmingham’s Big City Plan – a 20-year city centre masterplan which aims to transform the Eastside area into a thriving business, leisure, cultural and learning destination.

The Aloft Hotel would include a 120-seater restaurant, a cocktail bar and a fully equipped gym.

The conference venue would include an 880 sq-mt ‘Affinity Suite’ accommodating 800 people banqueting style; 1,200 delegates theatre style or 500 delegates cabaret style.

Two flexible meeting spaces would also be available, accommodating up to 270 delegates theatre style, as well as a further 13 meeting rooms and two dedicated executive boardrooms for up to 10 delegates.

The Aloft Hotel would be located on the doorstep of the new HS2 station at Curzon Street in central Birmingham. Proposals await approval.

A new 70-bedroom hotel is planned in the centre of Wolverhampton. The new hotel would sit above The Moon Under Water pub in Lichfield Street in Wolverhampton which is about to undergo a £7million makeover.

The 40,000 sq-ft space above the Wetherspoon’s pub, with its Art Deco frontage, has been empty for more than 30 years. It was previously home for the old Co-op store which opened in 1931.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We are looking at a project to build a 70-bedroom hotel above The Moon Under Water and also carry out a full refurbishment of the existing pub.”

The news follows the Grand Theatre's announcement earlier this week that it is planning to expand into the former post office next door and build a permanent pop-up theatre.

Plans are still at the discussion stage and have yet to be submitted.

Plans to transform House of Fraser’s store in Birmingham into offices and a hotel are rumoured to be under consideration.

The House of Fraser store – still known locally as ‘Rackhams’ - is located on Corporation Street in the centre of Birmingham.

The Rackhams building could be redeveloped into nine floors of office space and hotel accommodation. It could also include bars, restaurants, cafés and retail space, as well as a rooftop terrace.

Plans for the redevelopment scheme are being drawn up for submission to Birmingham City Council in the coming weeks.

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