Beechlane has added to Bolton’s momentum by putting forward plans to convert the grade two-listed former Magistrates Court into a boutique hotel.
The proposal calls for the four-storey former courts, which are part of the Le Mans Crescent building, to be converted into an 87-bedroom hotel operated by Hospitality Associates on behalf of an undisclosed hotelier.
The court’s listed façade will remain untouched, but some internal areas will undergo a redesign; existing facilities in the rest of the Le Mans Crescent building including Bolton Museum, Art Gallery, Central Library and Aquarium, will remain.
The development is being brought forward by Beechlane Investments, which is also behind the £45m Trinity Gateway development in Bolton town centre. Beechlane was advised by Colliers International on the deal at Le Mans Crescent.
Remodelling of the building’s internal spaces will be led by architects 3DReid. P4 Planning is the planning consultant. The building’s original architect Gass & Hope is also attached to the scheme as a heritage consultant.
Alec Colbeck, development director at Beechlane Investments, said: “Le Mans Crescent is a wonderfully atmospheric location full of grace and elegance which people are often surprised about when they first visit. We are very pleased to have the opportunity and responsibility to lead this sensitive redevelopment which will bring a new dynamic to the town centre and put the building to a new, appropriate use.”
Kevin Haygarth, co-founder of Hospitality Associates, said: “The building displays all of the grandeur you would want from a hotel operator’s perspective. We are determined to bring in a hotel brand which reflects that splendour and quality.
“We are close to agreeing an operating brand which is contemporary without being stuffy and will have significant appeal to attract people from a wide catchment area. The hotel will be a high-quality offering and we’ll be able to position ourselves within the local and regional marketplace to offer our guests a hotel of character for them to explore.
“We believe this development will turn many heads and the hotel will become a destination in its own right.”