Boutique hotel plan for Paradise regeneration in Birmingham city centre

Plans at current Copthorne hotel site downscaled as office plans are upscaled at Paradise

<p>Artists impression of boutque hotel at Paradise development in Birmingham city centre</p>

Artists impression of boutque hotel at Paradise development in Birmingham city centre

Plans for a hotel as part of the £700 million Paradise regeneration project in Birmingham city centre have been downsized as office plans are upscaled.

The original proposal was to build a replacement for the Copthorne Hotel with between 20 and 23 storeys in size and up to 250 bedrooms.

But, after Copthorne decided to sell up its Birmingham operation, it has been decided a smaller boutique hotel between 16 and 19 storeys high is more suitable four storeys smaller.

In addition to this, an office block (Plot F) - earmarked to be built next to the new hotel - is to be increased from eight storeys to 10 storeys high.

The Paradise project also features a 49-storey tower with more than 340 apartments in it.

The scheme, based on land at Paradise Circus Queensway, Chamberlain Square, Parade and Paradise Street, will also feature flexible leisure, café or retail floorspace of 800 square metres.

The project has been in the pipeline for years and outline planning permission was granted back in 2012.

Buildings on site have been developed and the initial phases of the development have been completed with new offices already opened.

Boutique hotel plans for Paradise development in Birmingham city centre

What does the Birmingham City Council report say about the latest Paradise regeneration plans?

A report to Thursday’s (November 11) planning committee said: “It was envisaged at the time of the original outline planning permission, that the proposed hotel would be a replacement for the existing Copthorne Hotel.

“However, Copthorne Hotels have confirmed its intent to close its Birmingham hotel and it will no longer be replaced on the site.

“A smaller “boutique hotel” is therefore proposed, which means there is a need to reduce the approved minimum and maximum building heights by 17m (approximately four storeys) from between 20-23 storeys down to between 16 and 19 storeys.”

Parts of the Paradise development are already finished at Chamberlain Square

What have the developers said about the new plans at Paradise?

In their application for amending plans, the developers said: “This does not seek to review or change the uses proposed on the site, these will remain the same.

“Nor do the proposals change the fundamental principle of the proposals: it will remain an office-led development, of the highest design quality, with appropriate ancillary uses to help create activity and foster positive place-making in the centre of Birmingham.

“On this basis it is considered that the ‘in principle’ acceptability of the proposed development is not altered, and continued to comply with the Development Plan.”

They added: “These proposals will support economic growth and productivity, and will create conditions which will encourage businesses to invest, expand, and adapt.

“The proposed increase in height of Plot F will enable the completion of Phase 2 of the development, with the delivery of an exemplar office building, which is adaptable to meet 21st Century demands and work-place standards in terms of sustainability, well-being and technology, ensuring that the scheme will be of a sufficient size to attract (and retain) high quality occupiers to the city.”

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