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Nottingham's Island Quarter development secures global hotel operator as more plans for 40-acre site are unveiled

The Staybridge Suites element of the hotel complex will include a lounge area

One of the world’s leading hotel companies has signed a deal to create a new accommodation complex as part of a major regeneration scheme in Nottingham.

IHG will bring its boutique hotel brand Hotel Indigo and its extended stay operation Staybridge Suites to the Island Quarter site, which is currently undergoing the first stage of a huge redevelopment programme that will transform the southern gateway area of the city.

Hotel complex forms part of wider Island Quarter second phase plans

The complex, the first of its size in Nottingham in nearly two decades, will be part of a 17-storey landmark building that forms the flagship area of the 40-acre site.

It will comprise 223 bedrooms and suites – 155 located within Hotel Indigo and 68 aimed at multi-night business and leisure travellers in the Staybridge Suites, which will include a range of amenities such as a full kitchen and shared outdoor space for guests.

This forms the latest stage of proposals for the development, which will include a further 247 residential rental apartments, and an extensive food and drink area featuring a bar and busy 100m-long forum for people to meet. There will also be 33,000 sq ft of flexible serviced office space with 400 desks.

The hotel complex will be located in a landmark 17-storey building

Richard Watson, director at the site’s developer Conygar, said: “The Island Quarter is one of the most significant city centre regeneration schemes in the UK at the moment, and it was vital that the hotel brand which we brought to the development was reflective of that. We are absolutely delighted to have agreed terms with the team at IHG to bring its Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites brands to Nottingham.

“This is a very important step for us as we move this development forwards and securing a hugely successful global operator in IHG shows real confidence in the flagship element of the scheme as a whole. These two brands are world-renowned as upscale and quality hotels, which really play a part in the communities in which they are based.

“The hotel forms a key element of this latest phase, which is truly cohesive, creating a range and fluidity of uses that will spread across the whole site.

“The Island Quarter is a development that Nottingham can be proud of and bringing brands of this calibre into the city plays an important part in that.”

As part of the multi-million pound scheme, Hotel Indigo will take design cues from the local area, and its bar and restaurant will offer locally-sourced ingredients to customers.

Meanwhile, Staybridge Suites will feature a 24-hour fitness room, storage lockers for guests wishing to store items between stays and a communal “outdoor living room” complete with firepit, grilling areas and covered seating.

 Hotel Indigo rooms echo the style of the surroundings, such as this example from Bath

Karan Khanna, managing director for the UK & Ireland at IHG, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Conygar to bring the leading global brands of Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites to Nottingham as an important part of the regeneration of The Island Quarter.

“These new properties will add to IHG’s presence in the city, sitting alongside our existing Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels. As we begin 2021, these new hotel signings show the confidence that owners and investors have in IHG and our potential for continued growth for when travel can finally resume.”

What else is involved in the Island Quarter development?

Conygar received planning permission for the first phase of its scheme in September 2020 and construction work started on the Canal Turn plot of the former Boots Island site, located between London Road and Manvers Street, in November.

The developer submitted further proposals to Nottingham City Council for "phase 1B" – featuring the hotel complex, co-working space, apartments, green public realm and leisure facilities – this week.

Architecture will mirror heritage buildings opposite the site and takes inspiration from the nearby Victorian railway buildings.

Further aspects of the Island Quarter masterplan – which received outline planning approval in April 2019 – include student housing, office space and community living, while pedestrians and cyclists are a key consideration of the plans.

Phase 1B will sit alongside Canal Turn, which started on site this year (Credit: Jestico+Whiles)

Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, added: “The Island Quarter is a redevelopment site unlike any other in the UK right now and one we are very pleased to see Conygar make progress with.

“At such a difficult time, it’s great to see confidence in Nottingham reflected in this way, serving as a further reminder that Nottingham is an up-and-coming city and enhancing our programme for regenerating the Southside of the city.

“We therefore welcome this very significant planning application, which our planning committee will consider in due course.”