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Nottingham City Centre Hotel to Become Student Flats

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The 10-storey building, which is located Maid Marian Way, is currently in use as a Travelodge hotel.

Permission has now been granted for the proposal, which will see the hotel transformed into 121 studio flats for Nottingham's university students.

The planning proposal was put forward by Nottingham Hotel Assets Limited alongside architects for the scheme, Self.

Developers have stated that the plans will provide "high-quality stylish student apartments" in Nottingham to a site that is currently looking "tired" and "in need of repair".

Executive chair of the Nottingham Civic Society Hilary Silvester has approved of the plans stating "At least if the student accommodation is there, then it's not taking up a more interesting building. But it is a 70's block so if there was anything of period it would be interesting to keep, to reflect the era in which it was built to an extent.

"If it's there it's there basically, if there are no grotesque decorations in it or murals so that it can be kept low key that would be good

"There's nothing much to celebrate with that building but on the other hand it's nothing much to spoil or mess about with - just keep it calm and dignified.

"With some of these blocks they try to jazz everything up, because then ten or 20 years later it looks so awful, so it's better to keep it simple."

The studio apartments are set to utilise the existing layout of the hotel, whilst also converting the first floor bar area into accommodation.

Self Architects, writing on behalf of the applicants have stated: "By increasing the number of dwellings and therefore the number of residents in the local vicinity, the proposed development of this site will help to support the existing businesses and facilities thus ensuring their long term success and the sustainability of this urban centre.

"The location of the site is inherently sustainable as it is already supported by local infrastructure and services."