Plans to bring a Grade II-listed, Victorian building in Norwich back into use as a hotel have gained approval.
The city's terracotta and red brick Royal hotel was built in 1897, but converted to offices in the 1980s. Architect Dexter Moren is working with Accor to bring it back into use as a 110-bedroom hotel, co-working space and public rooftop terrace – incorporating a bar and restaurant.
The city centre hotel, which will have views of Norwich Cathedral, will operate as an Ibis Styles hotel with Dexter Moren taking influence from original architect's Edward Boardman's design.
Mark Wood, partner at DMA, said "The Royal will be an Ibis Styles hotel, a mid-market boutique style brand whose ethos of providing an original experience through eclectic design, is perfectly suited to the conversion and refurbishment of such a historic building.
"The hotel will incorporate an interior design scheme based on a unique ‘local neighbourhood' theme, retaining and enhancing the rich character and heritage story of this landmark building, whilst bringing it up to the standards expected of a modern 21st century hotel."