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Plans for hotel near Grafton Centre recommended for approval


By Ben Hatton, Local Democracy Reporter


Plans for an eight storey hotel with a “gold top” in Cambridge city centre look set to be approved.

Artist impression Premier Inn by Grafton Centre Copyright: Corstorphine + Wright Architects /Legal and General Investments / Wrenbridge. (20585773)
Artist impression Premier Inn by Grafton Centre Copyright: Corstorphine + Wright Architects /Legal and General Investments / Wrenbridge. (20585773)

The proposed Premier Inn, off East Road to near the Grafton Centre, has been recommended for approval by Cambridge City Council planners.

The hotel would house 153 rooms and a restaurant.

The original plan was for the top floor to be made of dark grey zinc cladding, but to address concerns it would be “too dominant” the building will now have a “gold top” to match the light brick work.

Artist impression Premier Inn by Grafton Centre Copyright: Corstorphine + Wright Architects /Legal and General Investments / Wrenbridge. (20585778)
Artist impression Premier Inn by Grafton Centre Copyright: Corstorphine + Wright Architects /Legal and General Investments / Wrenbridge. (20585778)

Concerns have been raised in the past over the plan’s impact on traffic in the area.

The application does not seek any dedicated car parking for guests or staff. Instead it says: “People will be encouraged to travel to the site using sustainable transport links.”

The Premier Inn would be built on what is now the bus interchange behind the Grafton Centre, next door to the cinema and facing onto East Road.

Artist impression Premier Inn by Grafton Centre Copyright: Corstorphine + Wright Architects /Legal and General Investments / Wrenbridge. (20585775)
Artist impression Premier Inn by Grafton Centre Copyright: Corstorphine + Wright Architects /Legal and General Investments / Wrenbridge. (20585775)

The plan also includes an “urban park” with seating, a raised lawn, and water feature, which the applicant says will complement the restaurant on the ground floor.

The director of the developer behind the scheme, Wrenbridge, has previously said the restaurant could feature a “ping-pong parlour”.

The Cambridge City Council planning committee is due to decide the application on November 7.

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