Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan are planning a hotel and leisure complex in Birmingham under the brand ‘The Dean’

Developer Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan’s Oakmount are planning to develop a new hotel and leisure complex in Birmingham.

according to reports published online in the UK Live Business, developer Oakmount and sister recreation company Creative Cedar are behind the project, having purchased Methodist Central Hall in the city. He said they plan to create a mixed-use scheme led by a new hotel with up to 155 rooms.

The hotel is expected to be part of its “The Dean” brand, which Press Up Hospitality will operate.

It would be The Dean’s fourth hotel and the first to open outside of Ireland.

Live Business reported Oakmont and Cedar want to add a three-story roof extension to house a restaurant and bar under the Sophie’s brand. It also plans to create business and commercial units, restore the auditorium, and build an event space and nightclub.

The ground floor storefronts would also be refurbished and there would be a gym, according to a planning application filed in Birmingham.

Live Business said the overall development is expected to create around 410 full-time and part-time jobs if it receives planning permission.

The Methodist Central Hall has been the subject of several proposals to bring it back into use. These included £35m (€41m) plans from Ciel Capital, which won consent in 2018 to create a mixed-use scheme, led by a new hotel with apartment rooms. hotel and a concert hall.

In the summer of 2019, the project stalled when directors were appointed to Ciel Central Hall Ltd, the special purpose company set up to carry out the project. Ciel Capital was then forced to look for a new owner.

A report submitted in support of these new plans by planning consultancy SLR said the redevelopment would “offer sympathetic restoration, improvement and full use” of the building.

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