A planning application has been submitted to turn the Guildhall building in Nottingham into a 162-room hotel.
The redevelopment project marks a joint venture between Locksley Hotels and Midlands hotel operator Ascena, whilst the RPS Design Group is leading the design behind the project.
The existing courtrooms within the building will be converted into a bar and restaurant, and will retain the original listed features.
John Wilby, project lead for Ascena, said: “It is a landmark development for the city and a key destination for people across the East Midlands.
“Following close work with heritage consultants Turley and Historic England, we’ve ensured that the plans submitted will see a sensitive restoration of the Grade II listed building. The Guildhall is an amazing building and we are naturally delighted to be working with the city council.”
Ascena director, Jack Turton, said: “With the building sitting derelict for the best part of a decade, we’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the city council in taking steps towards bringing this iconic Nottingham building back to life – it’s been a long time coming.”
Nottingham city council leader, David Mellen, added: “This is a site that we have long been keen to see developed with a mix of uses, including a high-quality hotel within the main Guildhall building itself.
“We therefore welcome the fact that a developer is putting forward proposals which could reinvigorate this prime city-centre site.