Proposals have been revealed for the redevelopment of Cardiff’s Custom House into a 20-storey Premier Inn hotel.
Cardiff-based developer Barola Properties has submitted a pre-application consultation for the redevelopment of the building and the former York hotel on Custom House Street into a 248-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and a 200-cover Bar and Block restaurant.
The development proposes to sensitively redevelop Custom House, retaining its listed façade. The 19th century building site originally served as an office at which customs duty was collected during the industrial development of the city, but has been vacant for a number of years.
A full planning application is intended to be submitted imminently following feedback from the public consultation.
Premier Inn is also developing a 210-bedroom Thyme hotel in Cardiff Bay and is targeting 85,000 rooms by 2020.
Huw Jones, director and office lead of planning consultancy Turley, said: “Our vision for the new Custom House Premier Inn hotel is to form part of Cardiff’s ‘ring of tall buildings’ that shapes the modern skyline of Cardiff’s city centre. This contrast in height will act as a ‘back-drop’ to the existing building and enhance its visual presence in the local context, retaining and highlighting the special listed character of Custom House.”
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