Kirklees Council has given the go-ahead for proposals which would see a £20m refurbishment of the historic George Hotel in Huddersfield.
The plans for the 91-bed hotel – which will be operated by Radisson RED – are part of the wider Huddersfield Blueprint, a ten-year project looking to transform the town centre.
Kirklees Council purchased the site in March 2020 as it looked to secure the site’s future and incorporate it into its regeneration programme.
The hotel sits adjacent to Huddersfield Railway Station and was the first building constructed on St George’s Square when it was erected in 1851.
The development will consist of a basement, ground floor, and four upper levels and will undergo an extensive refurbishment. The hotel’s façade along John William Street will be preserved while the existing internal structures behind will be replaced.
A reception lobby, lounge, and a 70-seater restaurant and bar will make up the site’s ground floor. There will also be a conference room and banqueting suite for business events, receptions, and weddings.
Councillor Shabir Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Alongside our wider Huddersfield Blueprint plans and Our Cultural Heart, the George will act as an impressive gateway to the town centre and continue to grow our profile as an attractive destination for tourism and business.”