Plans in for Southampton hotel

Plans to knock down a former bank in Southampton's Old Town Quarter to make way for a new "landmark" hotel have been submitted to the city council.

The site earmarked for development is directly south of Southampton's iconic grade I-listed Bargate and historic town halls.

Under the plans, 12 High Street would be knocked down while 13 and 14 High Street would be partially demolished.

A five-storey hotel building is proposed for the site, comprising 97 bedrooms, a reception, lounge and café bar and a gym on the lower ground floor.

The existing retrial space and betting shop at the site would be retained but revamped with new façades.

A planning statement prepared by Luken Beck said the scheme would redevelop a "prominent brownfield site in a manger which respects the character and appearance of the conservation area".

"The introduction of a well-designed hotel will contribute successfully to the attractiveness of the city and will reinforce the vitality and vibrancy of the area," it added.

The scheme was designed by OWAL Architects.

Source: Insider Media Limited