Controversial Green Park budget hotel site back on market

May 29, 2013

A high-profile Bath city centre site controversially earmarked for redevelopment as a budget hotel is back on the market.

The 1.23-acre site at Green Park is being marketed as having “potential for comprehensive redevelopment for a variety of uses”.

Bath-based architecture practice Nash Partnership has been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study to establish the viability and suitability of the site for residential and student accommodation, or a mixture of the two.

Plans to redevelop the site, which takes in Green Park House and Ernest Ireland House, as a budget hotel prompted widespread opposition from conservation and tourism groups and operators of existing Bath hotels who feared it would lead to a damaging glut of tourist accommodation.

Green Park House, a mid/late 20th century building, was previously a residential care home. It has planning permission for a 190-bed hotel and 28,500 sq ft of offices following demolition of the existing vacant residential care home.

The 15,250 sq ft Ernest Ireland House, also known as The Carillion Building, is open-plan offices with 48 parking spaces.

The sale is being handled by Chris Birakos of property agents Savills’ Bristol office.

He said: “Sites of this calibre in the centre of Bath come to the market very rarely. The nature of the city means that any expansion is minimal so when this kind of development opportunity arises, there is always likely to be strong interest.

“Green Park House and Ernest Ireland House are particularly appealing to the market because of their potential to a variety of developers. In addition to the planning permissions already in place, the site offers the potential for comprehensive redevelopment for a variety of uses, subject to planning.”

The site is being offered for sale by informal tender in part or as a whole on an unconditional basis or alternatively on a ‘subject-to-planning’ basis. 

Pictured below: A CGI of the hotel development

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