RO St Bernards and Staycity Ltd submit a planning application in the enterprise zone

CGIRO St Bernards (ROSB) and Dublin-based serviced apartment operator Staycity are to submit a detailed planning application for a new £15 million 190 bed hotel on the site of the former Science Museum on Charlotte Street, Birmingham; work is expected to start on site early in the new year.

ROSB secured the site and outline planning permission in 2006. The site had lain derelict since the closure of the Science Museum in 1997.

Following demolition and remediation of the site, including the retention and refurbishment of two listed buildings, ROSB completed the first phase in 2009.

Phase one included a 100-bed Travelodge hotel, now one of the most successful in the chain, and 20,000 sq ft of speculative offices, now let to NSPCC, MADE and the Ormiston Academies Trust.

The new planning application follows the principles established by the 2006 planning consent for a five storey building wrapping around the Whitmore Warehouse, and closely follows the Jewellery Quarter Conservation Area Design Guide and comments of the Design Review Panel and Birmingham City Council planning and conservation officers. Continue reading


Staycity checks in at Newhall Square




ROSB has secured a major pre-letting at its Newhall Square development to serviced apartment operator Staycity, for what will be Birmingham’s biggest aparthotel.

Staycity is to open up to 190 apartments to complement its existing 78 at Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre, Hurst Street.

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