May 19, 2024

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Landmark Hilton hotel in Nuneaton set for go-ahead

The landmark Nuneaton Hilton hotel is set to be given the official green light.

Planning officials are recommending the proposals for the 145 room Hampton by Hilton on the former Co-op car park are given the go-ahead.

The new Hilton hotel forms part of a huge regeneration plan for the area which includes a five screen cinema as well as a multi-storey car park and a food hall.

Members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council’s planning committee are set to meet on Tuesday, April 20 to decide whether to approve the hotel application.

It includes the demolition of buildings, erection of hotel with access, car parking and landscaping/public realm.

There is is also an outline planning application on the remainder of the Abbey Street car park and buildings fronting, including properties to the rear for a mixed-use town centre development for retail, leisure, restaurants and ‘makers space’, medical uses, residential. multi-storey and surface car parking , a public plaza for public and other events, public realm and landscaping.

Three phases

The report says the huge Abbey Street development is likely to be delivered in three phases – with the hotel first.

“Phase 1 is the delivery of the hotel under the full application, phase 2 which will include the proposed foodhall/restaurants, residential accommodation, medical/healthcare facilities, the first leisure uses and the multi-storey car park and phase 3 which would see the development of the final leisure unit adjacent to the hotel,” the report states.

It says that the hotel will be in a seven storey building with a flat roof.

“Due to it’s siting on a prominent corner, it is considered that part of the site is suitable for a taller building that would provide a landmark,” the report states.

“The proposed hotel building and the former Ritz Cinema would provide a gateway into Abbey Street and the rest of the town centre. The design of the hotel building has taken inspiration from a number of buildings within the town centre including the Town Hall, the Barclays Bank building on Market Place and the former Ritz Cinema.

“The key elements used as inspiration include the strong features and a main entrances located on the corner of all three buildings, a lighter Crown where the top level at each building has a different elevational treatment and accented horizontal lines where each building offers contrasting horizontal lines to further embellish the building. Those three elements have been translated onto the proposed building and have been incorporated into the simple form and patterns of a typical hotel development.

“The distinctive corner of the building is located along Abbey Street and is accented by a feature column. The windows are arranged in a repetitive pattern with contrasting cladding to add interest.

“The top two floors will be slightly set back with a different finish to visually minimise the height of the building. In terms of materials, the main body of the building will consist of red multi-tone brick which is a characteristic within Nuneaton town centre.

“The brickwork facade will be broken up with a repetitive window pattern and associated cladding panels in a bronze/ gold colour. The groundfloor will be set back and fully glazed to provide an active frontage along Abbey Street with rear of the ground floor being clad with a dark colour cladding for maintenance reasons. The two top floors are slightly set back where cladding is proposed.”

The report adds that no objections have been received in regards to the application from residents or organisations.

Transforming Nuneaton

The report states the application also supports the aspirations of the huge Transforming Nuneaton programme.

This is being championed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council and also includes a new almost £20m library and offices in the Vicarage Street/Church Street area of town.

“The Transforming Nuneaton project has identified the Abbey Street car park as a potential development site for a mix of uses including retail, residential, leisure and entertainment along withon site car parking provision,” the report reads.

“It has also identified the former Co-0p store site as a potential link between Abbey Street and Queens Road to complement the AbbeyStreet car park site. The Transforming Nuneaton proposal is to use the site to create a new public square.”

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What happens now?

Planning members will meet during a virtual meeting, which is set to start at 5pm on Tuesday, April 20.

It will be livestreamed on the council’s channel on YouTube here

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