Plans to replace The Atlantic Corner Hotel in Liverpool with a new hotel have been approved.

The former Atlantic Corner Hotel was a six-storey, 100-bedroom hotel on the corner of Sandhills Lane and Regent Road in Liverpool. It closed its doors in 2016.

Plans have now been approved for a new 50-bedroom hotel with bedrooms on the upper floors and a reception, café, bar and function area on the ground floor.

Plans have been published to build a new TV and film studio in Ashford, Kent. The project also includes a new 120-bedroom hotel, 68 serviced apartments, a conference centre targeting the creative industries plus a gym, restaurant and leisure space.

The proposed site is the derelict Newtown railway works, a locomotive manufacturing site from 1847 until it was shut in the early 1980s.

The £250million planned investment will restore five at-risk Grade II-listed-buildings and convert them into an 80,000 sq-ft TV and film studio plus ancillary production units and a media village.

The project is the brainchild of The Creative District Improvement Company (TCDI Co.) which is teaming up with developer Quinn Estates. The developers are hoping to get final planning permission at a meeting of Ashford borough council this week. The project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Property developer, Malhotra Group, has gained planning approval from Newcastle City Council for the redevelopment of a building at 1 Mosley Street into a new aparthotel. Plans would see a four to five storey extension added to the existing Grade II-listed building.

The new development would comprise 20 apartment hotel rooms over four floors together with a reception area, office space, a restaurant and bar on the ground floor plus a rooftop garden.

1 Mosley Street dates back to the end of the nineteenth century and lies within the Newcastle Conservation Area.

Plans to create a new hotel in the centre of Leicester have just been approved.

The site is 1 Pocklingtons Walk in a Grade II-listed building which originally opened as offices for the Poor Law Commissioners in 1882. More recently the building has housed a registry office but it has been largely vacant since the 1970’s.

Plans envisage a 38-bedroom hotel on the site with 14 ground floor rooms and the remainder on upper floors. Reception would also be located be on the ground floor with a fitness area in the basement.

1 Pocklingtons Walk forms part of the Market Street Conservation Area in Leicester.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has worked with Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) to block-book bedrooms in two London hotels specifically for the Capital’s rough sleepers, for the next 12 weeks.

300 hotel bedrooms have been earmarked for the project.

City Hall will continue working with a range of partners, including London’s boroughs and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to identify others sleeping rough and ensure everyone gets the support they need. The Mayor’s emergency response is being provided with the backing of the Government, which – with the Mayor – has provided funding to kickstart this work. 

Rough sleepers are significantly more likely to have underlying health conditions, including respiratory problems, than the wider population. They are also far less likely to be able to follow Public Health England advice, such as self-isolation, social distancing and handwashing.

Two proposed new hotel openings have been postponed owing to the uncertainty generated by the coronavirus outbreak.

THE PIG-at Harlyn Bay is a Grade-II listed mansion in Cornwall currently being converted into an 11-bedroom hotel set in five acres of garden. THE PIG-at Harlyn Bay has an additional 15 bedrooms and four private huts in separate buildings.

THE PIG-at Harlyn Bay features a restaurant, a private dining room, a lounge and a kitchen garden.

THE PIG - at Harlyn Bay is the seventh hotel in the PIG collection and the first in Cornwall. It was scheduled to open in May 2020. Hopefully it will be opening later this summer.

Meanwhile, the former De Vere Theobalds Estate hotel in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire has just completed an £8.5million overhaul and was set to relaunch as the first Birch-branded hotel in April 2020.

Birch is a new lifestyle hotel brand.

The Birch will have 140 bedrooms. It will feature co-working spaces and a members’ club, with ceramics workshops in the pottery studio, sourdough-making lessons in the interactive bakery, beekeeping and glass-blowing sessions plus other cultural events and yoga classes.

Birch Hotel also has two restaurants, three bars, a wellness space and screening, music and art rooms. You get the picture?

Again, a summer opening is envisaged, coronavirus permitting.

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