Plans for a new hotel and public square on landmark Birmingham city centre site Arena Central are a step closer after a planning application was submitted.
Centre Island Birmingham has submitted proposals for a 210-bedroom Holiday Inn Express hotel on the Arena Central site, fronting Holliday Street and adjoining the Crowne Plaza hotel.
The site, previously home to Central Television off Broad Street, has been subject to a number of major plans in recent years, but has been dogged by the economic downturn.
The plans, and updated masterplan, have been submitted to Birmingham City Council after a conditional sale of the site to Centre Island, which owns the Crowne Plaza.
They include a 14-storey development with the hotel on upper levels and a separate 10,000 sq ft stand-alone health club, swimming pool, spa and atrium link to the adjacent Crowne Plaza Hotel on the lower levels.
The masterplan has been updated to reflect positioning of the new hotel and the revised outline planning permission received last year increasing the maximum office content from up to 400,000 sq ft to up to up to 800,000 sq ft.
Jonathan Wallis, development director of Miller Developments, said Arena Central was the only site in the city centre capable of delivering large buildings with floor plates of over 20,000 sq ft.
He said: “Arena Central is one of Birmingham’s most strategically located regeneration schemes and the inclusion of this Holiday Inn Express will provide a considerable boost to the city’s burgeoning hotel market.