A LARGE oceanfront hotel has applied for a major expansion that will include additional hotel rooms, a new gym and retail units.
If successful, the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton would construct a six storey extension on Black Lion Street, create five new seafront retail units and introduce a gym and a refurbished bar and restaurant.
The expansion would add 70 new guest rooms, for a total of 224.
The owners hope this investment will ensure the hotel “meets the modern needs of hotel users and contributes to the broader tourism vision of the City of Brighton seafront”.
The Old Ship plans
Brighton and Hove City Council approved similar development plans in June 2019 but following the Covid-19 pandemic the hotel is now aiming for even bigger development due to the impact on the hotel industry over the past two years.
“The new proposals aim to increase the number of hotel rooms to 224 while maintaining the same scale and mass of the previously approved Old Ship Hotel expansions, with small exterior changes proposed only for the central courtyard,” it said in the proposal.
The earlier application aimed to create 54 new hotel rooms, up from the 70 now proposed.
The Old Ship plans
The plans will also remove the basement nightclub and demolish the existing garage to make way for a new six-story building.
The expansion hopes to support local businesses by creating five new residential units on Ship Street with independent operators at the helm to “respond to local needs and support the big city’s tourism economy”.
Said to be the oldest hotel in Brighton, the earliest records of The Old Ship Hotel date from 1665, with later additions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The meeting rooms to the north of the hotel are a listed building. It is said to have been visited by King William IV.
The site is within the Old Town Conservation Area, which Council describes as ‘the economic, social and civic core of Brighton during its transition from a fishing settlement to a city’.
The owners of The Old Ship Hotel believe their home is one of Brighton’s historic hotspots
A decision from Brighton and Hove City Council is expected by Wednesday 30 November.
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