A £25m project to open a new four-star hotel in Birmingham, which would create up to 100 new jobs, is set to be completed in the autumn.
The former Royal Angus hotel, which is located in the Snow Hill area of the city, is being refurbished into a 186-bedroom DoubleTree by Hilton.
Adjacent to St Chad’s Queensway was also a Thistle Hotel until it closed just over a year ago.
When completed, it will be the first DoubleTree by Hilton in Birmingham and will include two Marco Pierre White branded concepts including a Mr White’s English Chophouse restaurant and Marconi Coffee shop.
Part of the refurbishment includes the addition of two extra floors as well as a roof top terrace.
Creating up to 100 new full and part-time jobs, the refurbished venue will also include four state-of-the-art meeting rooms.
Once open, the hotel will be run by Black and White Hospitality Management on behalf of Downing LLP, while RPS Group plc is in charge of project managing the construction work which is being undertaken by Shaylor Group.
Nick Taplin, chairman and chief executive of Black and White Hospitality, said: “The Royal Angus was one of Birmingham’s best-known hotels and was the epitome of style and sophistication in the ’70s and ’80s.
“For DoubleTree by Hilton to bring one of its flagship hotels to Birmingham shows that it places the city in high esteem as a business and leisure destination.
“Its location, which is close to the business district, means it is perfect for business people needing somewhere for meetings and to have two Marco Pierre White venues also on site also gives the venue added kudos for those looking for somewhere to stay and eat when visiting the city.
“Work is progressing well and we are on schedule for an autumn opening. We are now putting in place the management team who will start recruiting the staff needed to run these iconic brands.
“With the group also managing major elements at the Cube on Wharfside Street, including Hotel Indigo and the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, shows the growing reputation of Black and White Hospitality not only in Birmingham but across the UK.”
Chad Murrin, director at St Chad’s (Birmingham) Hotel, the developer, added: “We have managed projects for clients both in the UK and internationally and we’re delighted to be involved in such a high-profile project.
“To bring such a well-regarded brand like DoubleTree to Birmingham is a great boost for the city.”