New Sunderland hotel plan takes shape

Hind Street - elevation

Hind Street - elevation

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PLANS to build a hotel in Sunderland city centre have been brought forward.

Developer GB Group is keen to get on with the development in Hind Street, next to the former Gas Board offices.

The Art Studio, St Michael's Way, Sunderland.

The Art Studio, St Michael's Way, Sunderland.

Designed by architects Faulkner Brown, the scheme is for a 125-bed hotel over five floors, with a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms.

It is part of Sunderland University’s masterplan and includes a new public space at the back of the CitySpace building, in Chester Road.

The uni’s masterplan drawings detail the landscaping and pedestrian access to the hotel from the Chester Road campus.

The former Gas Board buildings are owned by Sunderland City Council.

Included in the planning documents are details of remediation work.

Later additions to the Grade II listed building, including a flat roof extension, lean-to structure and outbuildings, would be demolished to make way for the new hotel, and a boundary wall removed.

The two gables of the building would be restored with matching brick and period detailing.

The council’s cabinet secretary, Councillor Mel Speding said: “This is really excellent news for our city centre.

“The project has come about as a result of the city council and University of Sunderland collaborating with GB Group.

“Not only can Sunderland benefit from the additional quality hotel space that we so desperately need, we’re also getting a well-thought out modern design coupled with the restoration of one of our historic assets.

“Once up and running the new hotel can add an extra 125 beds to our city centre stock, meaning visitors to Sunderland enjoying a night out or here for business can stay in the heart of the city centre, which is just what we need for our city centre businesses.”

The lane behind the site will be subject to a Stopping Up order, which can be viewed alongside the plans.

They show how customers would get into the hotel and includes parking details.

The scheme is expected to be brought to the council’s South Sunderland development control planning committee in the autumn.

Subject to approval going smoothly, work on site could begin in spring next year.

The plans can be viewed until September at www.sunderland.gov.uk and at the Customer Services Centre, in Fawcett Street.

Any comments or queries about the proposals should be directed to dc@sunderland.gov.uk.

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