Budget hotel in Gloucester could attract rugby fans
A "NEGATIVE building" in the city centre will get a facelift when it is redeveloped into a 74-bed budget hotel.
Planning chiefs have given the green light for the conversion of 1970s office block Conway House in Worcester Street, which will help it blend in with the historic surroundings.
And it could be a big hit with away supporters who journey to Gloucester Rugby's Kingsholm ground only a few hundred yards away.
"It's terrific news," said Bob Rumble, chairman of the Kingsholm Supporters Mutual, which often hosts parties of away fans from British, Irish and French clubs. "It would be absolutely perfect for the rugby ground and is not only near the famous watering holes but the city centre, and the railway station. It's a win-win – for supporters who want to come from further away and enjoy some proper Gloucester hospitality it's perfect."
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Conway House was built in the 1970s and used by Gloucestershire Training and Enterprise Council, The Link Group, and the Learning and Skills Council. For the last six years has been empty.
The approved application, with a design to blend with Worcester Street's 19th Century architecture, was backed by Gloucester Civic Trust. Members said it was currently a "negative building" and that they wanted an upmarket hotel in the building. A Vaneli Investors spokesman said it did not yet have a hotel operator in mind.