Approval has been granted by Nottingham city council for the transformation of the former French Connection unit on Victoria Street in Nottingham.
The site will soon be home to a pizzeria as developers embark on converting the listed building into a Rudy’s restaurant. The chain also has branches in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, and Soho.
This decision comes in the wake of Arc Inspirations, a bar operator, withdrawing its plans to establish a Manahatta bar at the location due to concerns regarding the building’s historical significance.
The three-storey former bank building which was constructed in 1896 to form the base of the Midland Bank but has remained empty after French Connection vacated the premises.
A planning statement provided by devolopers explains: “These modifications will be carried out with great sensitivity to the historical value of the listed building. The scope of the project is confined to the building’s ground and basement floors, focusing solely on interior alterations. No exterior modifications are included in this application.”