'It's a fantastic building in a fantastic location'
THE man planning to create a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Bristol city centre has outlined his vision for the ambitious scheme.
Multi-millionaire property developer Trevor Osborne, right, is the man behind the project to turn the historic Guildhall in Broad Street into the city's only five-star hotel.
Mr Osborne, who has more than 45 years' experience working in property development, has already bought the listed Victorian building from Bristol City Council and is planning to spend £10 million on turning it into the grandest hotel in the city.
The Bath-based businessman has a track record of taking historic buildings and turning them into landmark venues and he is confident he can do the same with his latest project.
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He said: "What I like to do is to take a quality building and improve on what is already there, this is a fantastic building in a fantastic location.
"I have already been talking to an operator and there is someone who is very interested in the scheme. They said to me 'what we will have here is the best hotel in Bristol in the best location'.
"There are some very exciting plans for the Old City area and this is going to be a thriving part of the city, I am incredibly excited by the project."
A planning application has been lodged with the council which will be heard within the next few months, if all goes to schedule the construction work, which will take around 18 months, will start in around a year's time.
The scope of the plans are breathtaking and include adding another two floors to the former courthouse and creating a luxury spa in the basement. People using the spa will be able to take an express lift straight to a rooftop swimming pool.
The main entrance will be on Broad Street while a courtyard to the side of the building will become a cafe and restaurant open to the public.
One of the most exciting aspects will be the main reception area. The plan is to create a three-storey high room that will be the centrepiece of the exclusive new hotel.
Mr Osborne said: "The new reception area will be magnificent. For some reason the people who had the building before us decided they wanted to cover up all these incredible features.
"We are going to have a vaulted roof and stained glass windows. There are even statues in niches which are going to be uncovered once again."
Mr Osborne said that he is so excited by the area he is already looking for other projects to invest nearby.
He said: "St Nicholas's market is a joy, it is fantastic to see all those businesses doing so well. There are plenty of great pubs and bars in the area as well.
"But I believe that an area cannot rely on leisure alone. You need some residential and working space as well. This is going to be a fantastic place to be, we are already talking to the council and the response has been very positive."