Architect Leach Rhodes Walker has revealed a series of design changes for Circle Square’s hotel and car park, reducing the height by two storeys and removing the proposed ground floor commercial unit.
The firm is taking forward the scheme as delivery architect. Feilden Clegg Bradley was the original designer for the project.
Feilden Clegg Bradley’s proposals amounted to around 483,000 sq ft, but the fresh proposals from Leach Rhodes Walker measure around 457,000 sq ft, a total reduction of 26,000 sq ft.
The upper two storeys, earmarked for hotel space, have been removed, while level nine, originally set aside for car parking space, will now be mixed between car parking and 9,900 sq ft of hotel space.
Despite the total space allocated for the hotel being reduced, the number of hotel rooms has been increased from 149 to 155. The changes have also led to a reduction in car parking spaces from 1,100 to 1,014.
The building as been cut from 17 storeys to 15 as a result of the changes.
The latest plans also propose the removal of the building’s ground floor commercial unit, earmarked for retail or restaurant space, and an energy centre.
Russells is set to start on the project this month, having been picked as main contractor last summer.
Site preparation and substructure works are due to run until April, after which a tower crane will be erected to stand at the site for 50 weeks. Completion is scheduled for January 2020.