Dominvs Group has secured planning permission from Bath and North-East Somerset Council for a new 198-room hotel scheme at James Street West in Bath City Centre.
This hotel will offer high-quality accommodation, in addition to a café, bar, restaurant and gym and will replace Bath College’s Allen building, which lies within the city’s conservation area and the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bath and North-East Somerset Council have approved Dominvs’ revised plans for the site, commenting that the changes make a “good building better still”. The council recognises the economic benefits of this proposal, providing accommodation for 57,800 overnight visitors, 100 full time jobs in a variety of roles and a predicted £4.1 million boost to the local economy.
Bath Preservation Trust and Historic England have also welcomed Dominvs’ new proposal, as the 1.4m reduction in the proposed height of the scheme allows the modern contemporary building to be entirely in keeping with the 20th and 21st century context of the site. Dominvs Group is experienced in developing hotel sites at landmark locations that are sensitive to their historic surroundings, with the development of a hotel at Ludgate Hill, in the St Paul’s Cathedral conservation area in its recent portfolio.
Lee Saywack, Development Director, Dominvs Group, comments: “We are delighted that this proposal has been deemed acceptable in both economic and heritage terms. The detail of the scheme has evolved following extensive consultation and stakeholder engagement and we look forward to delivering a high-quality hotel in this exceptional location.”