Hotel operator Travelodge is planning to expand its Piccadilly site by extending into the upper floors of the neighbouring building at 33-35 Piccadilly Gardens, formerly home to a Natwest branch.
Travelodge opened its 157-room site at 19-31 Piccadilly in 2014, following a £20m redevelopment of the building by former owner Associated Property Investors.
Developer Trafalgar Leisure has now submitted a planning application to change the upper floors of the neighbouring building, which have been largely empty for two years, into hotel space.
The developer is proposing to knock through existing party walls to extend its hotel space into the first to third floors of 33-35, and build a two-storey, steel-framed rooftop extension to increase the building’s height to five storeys. The extension will only be visible from the building’s rear at Back Piccadilly.
The ground, mezzanine and basement levels will be converted to house a restaurant. Two Natwest cash machines at street level will be retained as part of the proposals, but the building’s existing stone plinths facing Piccadilly Gardens will be reduced in height.
According to planning documents, Travelodge wants to extend its hotel into the neighbouring building owing to high demand at the current site.
As well as Travelodge’s current hotel, the building at 19-31 is home to a 5,000 sq ft Nandos, a 5,000 sq ft Morrisons, and a 6,750 sq ft Zizzi at ground floor level.