Bath seems to be in line for yet another new hotel with a planning application being lodged with B&NES to demolish the former Ralph Allen – Bath College building in the city centre – and replace it with a 206 bedroom unit with bar and restaurant.
The college buiilding was acquired by the Dominvs Group – a real-estate investment, development and asset-management company – back in June and planning permission given for change of use from educational to office space.
Bath College had said the complex – opened in 1991 – was now surplus to requirments – with courses lodged in the building having moved elsewhere – and that money earned from its disposal would be invested in the College.
They thought selling the building would ‘present an opportunity for sustainable office development to support growth’ but since then there appears to have been a decision to change direction and replace what is there with a purpose-built, Bath-stone covered boutique hotel. Something developers consider more appropriate for the area – which was heavily bombed in the last war.
The application is now open to consultation and you can access it via