A major hotel chain has been given the go-ahead to develop the site of the Birmingham’s former Museum of Science and Industry.
Staycity and developer St Bernards Ltd will build a 194-bed apartment hotel on the site between Charlotte Street and Newhall Street.
It is part of the growing Newhall Square development in the Jewellery Quarter.
Planning permission was approved and the city’s Conservation Panel praised for their efforts to ensure the hotel would not overshadow the three-storey Victorian Whitmore Warehouse building next door.
Panel chairman Coun Barry Henley, who has recently been criticised over major changes to the panel’s membership, said: “They pointed out it was not suitable and so the architects came back with a new design which was very satisfactory.”The council has been urged to find a developer to restore the derelict Whitmore Warehouse.