Plans to turn Victorian pub into student accommodation recommended for approval

The Grove Pub at 273 Castle Boulevard, Nottingham could receive a new lease of life, after plans to refurb and extend the building for student accommodation were recommended for approval by Nottingham City Council.

The pub – a Victorian building formerly known as the Grove Hotel – was built around 1886. While the pub was originally on the ground floor only, with hotel rooms above, in recent years the pub expanded onto the upper floors to create a second bar and function room.

Now, however, the pub is boarded up and the external façades are starting to decay.

The new plans will see refurbishment of, and external alterations to, the existing pub on the ground floor. In addition the upper 2 floors will become student cluster apartments, and the existing loft space will be converted into 5 student studios. A three storey extension to the rear of the pub will also be built, consisting of 22 student studios. There will be 38 bedrooms in total. The pub on the ground floor will be retained and updated to bring back it back into use.

A design statement on submitted on behalf of the applicant by Leonard Design Architects states: “The proposed new build helps provide an injection of quality new architecture to the area while a sensitive renovation of the existing building maintains ties to the area’s Victorian past.

“The partial adaptation and extension of The Grove will provide an influx of new life, one that could help sustain the other rejuvenating an otherwise derelict historical gateway of Nottingham.”