Vision unveiled for 142-bedroom Chester hotel
TAG Chester’s proposals would see the transformation of the former Mecca Bingo hall at Union Terrace to provide overnight accommodation and “act as a catalyst” for the city’s rejuvenation.
The developer has launched a consultation on its proposals for the 142-bedroom hotel, which would sit along Chester’s Shropshire Union Canal. The consultation will run until 15 December and can be accessed at hotelchester.consultationonline.co.uk.
Provisionally named Chester Hotel, the DAY Architectural-designed development would provide a mix of standard and deluxe rooms in the city centre, reflecting Cheshire West and Chester Council’s ambition to support the growth of the area’s visitor economy.
Designs for the building have been inspired by the city’s history, and will see the partial demolition of the existing derelict property on site to make way for the hotel’s development.
The mock Tudor frontage of the existing building would be retained, while new-build proposals include a prominent archway feature and the creation of columns in between hotel windows to reflect historic proportions.
Inside, hotel guests would also have access to a ground-floor restaurant with canalside views, along with indoor and outdoor seating.
Dating back to 1931, the former Mecca Bingo site is a dominating local feature. Originally home to The Gaumont cinema, the building was repurposed as a bowling alley in the 1960s, before operating as a bingo hall from 1970 until its closure earlier this year.
Zerum is advising TAG on the plans for the development, which would create an estimated 110 full-time jobs during construction as well as around 80 jobs to be available upon completion.
Luke Averill, director of TAG, said: “We firmly believe that Hotel Chester responds to the council’s vision for this area and will act as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of this part of the city.
“With the increasing demand for places to stay overnight in Chester, as the city’s visitor economy continues to grow, we take pride in offering a development that will cater to this need.”
A planning application is expected to be submitted in January for the development, with TAG anticipating a winter 2026 completion date subject to approval.