Budget hotel plan for Gloucester eyesore Conway House
HOTEL plans for an "eye sore" could breathe new life into a struggling corner of Gloucester.
Conway House could be turned in to a hotel, if planners approve a change of use.
DVS Property Ltd on behalf of Vaneli Investing Corporation wants to convert the former offices into an 80-bed budget hotel.
Conway House was built in the 1970s and has been home to Gloucestershire Training and Enterprise Council, The Link Group, and the Learning and Skills Council. But it has now been empty for six years.
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An application filed by DS Squared Architects outlines a design more in line with the street's 19th Century architecture, replacing large windows with a more traditional look.
"The design of the windows play a big part in assisting with the principle of turning this building from an eyesore to something that attempts to blend in," the application said.
Worcester Street has suffered a decline in recent times with several businesses moving out.
Steve Carr, manager of neighbouring Be Creative Furniture welcomed the application.
"Anything that brings more people down here has got to be good," he said.
Gloucester Civic Trust gave a cautious welcome to the application for the "incongruous building" in the Worcester Street Conservation Area.
"The use proposed would provide employment and assist tourism," it said in a statement. "The revised elevations remove the vast horizontal widows and provide window spaces of similar proportions to those of the 19th Century neighbours.
"The panel is concerned that there are too many budget hotels in Gloucester and would prefer a more upmarket hotel, with bigger rooms, in this location."