Plans for a 20 storey Premier Inn in Cardiff have been revealed, with the hotel said to include 248-bedrooms as well as a 200 cover bar and restaurant on the ground floor. Located on the former Custom House and York Hotel buildings, the aim is to ‘sensitively redevelop’ the site that has been vacant for many years. Scheduled to be developed on Custom House Street, it has also been announced that the former York Hotel site would be demolished of plans were to go ahead.
Cardiff-based developer, Barola Properties, has launched a pre-planning application consultation for the project, wanting to retain its listed façade whilst bringing it back into productive use.
Huw Jones, director and office lead of planning consultancy, Turley, said:
“The scheme is a significant opportunity for Cardiff which will deliver a number of benefits.
“The scheme will also create new jobs for local people during construction and once completed will support 100 jobs.”
According to Turley, the project to retain the Custom House façade will focus on keeping the qualities of its original features. Built in 1845, the property boasts an iconic look; one that Cardiff would not want to rid of.
Mr Jones added:
“‘Our vision for the new Custom House Premier Inn Hotel is to form part of Cardiff’s ‘ring of tall buildings’ that shapes the modern skyline of Cardiff’s city centre.
“This contrast in height will act as a back-drop to the existing building and enhance its visual presence in the local context, retaining and highlighting the special listed character of Custom House.”
A full planning application will be submitted following feedback from the public consultation. The design of the scheme has benefited from the input of planning officers at Cardiff Council prior to the launch of the consultation.