Plans to convert Birmingham’s Central Hall to £35m hotel

Plans to convert Birmingham’s Central Hall to £35m hotel

New plans to rejuvenate Birmingham’s historic Methodist Central Hall will be shown to the public at an exhibition taking place next week.

Ciel Capital has acquired the freehold interest in the former Methodist Central Hall and will soon be submitting a planning application for the sympathetic restoration of the Grade II listed building.

The applications will outline plans to redevelop the hall as a hotel and aparthotel, plus a range of food, beverage and retail uses.

Before this happens though, the project team will be hosting an exhibition to give local residents, businesses and stakeholders an opportunity to view the emerging proposals and provide feedback.

The exhibition will take place on Monday 9th October from 1pm to 8pm at 224 Corporation Street.

The Grade II listed building was designed by Birmingham architects Ewan Harper and James A. Harper and opened in 1905.

In recent years the building has fallen into a state of disrepair, following several years of use as a nightclub, and currently lies empty.

It is listed on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register and is in need of substantial investment and restoration to secure a viable long-term future for the building.

Prior to Ciel Capital’s acquisition of the building, it was subject to several planning applications made by previous owners which proposed uses such as apartments and offices.

Under the new plans, public access to the site’s iconic Hall will be opened up and the organ restored, affording a new opportunity to appreciate the building’s unique history and design features.

Vedrana Bilanovic Riley, CEO at Ciel Capital, said: “We are very excited to be presenting our plans for the Methodist Central Hall to the public.

“The project team has been working hard over the past few months to develop a scheme which is sensitive to the site’s unique history and architectural features.

“At the same time they are delivering an exciting proposal which will provide a landmark new hotel for visitors to Birmingham, plus retail and leisure options for local residents and increasing footfall to local businesses.”

Ciel Capital is an innovative real estate investor, joint venture equity partner and asset manager.

The team is based in London and invests across the UK, with a core focus on hotel and mixed-use developments.