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Plans submitted for new five-star Chester hotel

19 September 2020

Walker & Williams has lodged plans to redevelop derelict buildings on Nicholas Street next to Chester Racecourse to create a 52-bedroom hotel, and refurbish eight residential properties on the same street. 

The five-star hotel would feature a restaurant, rooftop pool and a terrace with views overlooking the racecourse. 

Two grade two-listed townhouses, 26 and 28 Nicholas Street, would house the proposed hotel. The buildings have been vacant for three years, having most recently been used as offices. 

Walker & Williams, who currently operate five hotels across the North West, also included plans for the restoration of six mews properties on the street as well as two three-storey townhouses. The group said it would invest £15m in delivering the scheme, creating 136 jobs. 

Max Walker-Williams, co-founder of Walker & Williams, said: “The plans for Nicholas Street have been a long time in the making and I’m delighted that the planning application for our flagship aparthotel is now up and running. 

“We’ve been in discussions about the project with the Council, the LEP, Marketing Cheshire and others for several months to make sure we get the new aparthotel just right for Chester.  

“The encouragement and support we have had so far has been tremendous. There is clear desire from the Council and others to see investment like ours come forward and I can’t wait to hear what people think of our vision.”