House of Fraser plan sub­mit­ted

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

PLANS have been lodged with the city coun­cil for the whole­sale re­vamp of the House of Fraser de­part­ment store in Birm­ing­ham – only House of Fraser does not ap­pear to be in them.

The build­ing’s owner Le­gal & Gen­eral an­nounced in De­cem­ber that it was bring­ing for­ward pro­pos­als to re­gen­er­ate the site in Cor­po­ra­tion Street to cre­ate a mixed-use com­plex akin to Birm­ing­ham’s fa­mous Mail­box.

House of Fraser was plunged into fi­nan­cial tur­moil last sum­mer be­fore it was bought out by Mike Ash­ley’s Sports Di­rect group.

Af­ter ini­tial un­cer­tainty over the de­part­ment store’s fu­ture, it ap­peared to have been saved in Oc­to­ber when staff were in­formed the shop was stay­ing open. But the new plans ap­pear to spell the end for House of Fraser’s fu­ture in its cur­rent guise in Birm­ing­ham although pro­pos­als for 105,000 sq ft of re­tail, leisure and restau­rant space are in­cluded in this new ap­pli­ca­tion.

The pro­ject com­prises the store and the ad­join­ing unit at 43 Tem­ple Row whose ten­ants in­clude of­fice space provider Re­gus and a branch of Lloyds Bank.

It would see the creation of nine floors of of­fices, bars, a new roof ter­race over­look­ing Birm­ing­ham Cathe­dral and a ho­tel of up to 200 bed­rooms through the re­fur­bish­ment of 43 Tem­ple Row. Le­gal & Gen­eral said it had pre­vi­ously been in dis­cus­sions about a re­for­mat­ted store be­fore House of Fraser en­tered into a Com­pany Vol­un­tary Ar­range­ment last sum­mer.

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of a roof ter­race which would be cre­ated on the build­ing

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