The former West Bar police station in Sheffield is to undergo a
£9m refurbishment to be transformed into a 142-bedroom hotel
bringing regeneration and job creation to the area.
The five-storey building has been sold by South
Yorkshire Police (SYP) for £2.5 million in a deal overseen by
agents Knight Frank and solicitors Irwin Mitchell.
Now the building, which opened in the 1960s and
served the city's police force until last year, is to undergo the
transformation following the signing of a franchise agreement
between Hilton Worldwide and Sanguine Hospitality, who own and
operate a growing portfolio of hotels across the U.K.
Sanguine will carry out a 12-month refurbishment programme in a
development expected to create more than 55 full and part-time jobs
in the area. The hotel is expected to open in Spring 2013.
The Hampton by Hilton hotel will have a range of
contemporary features including free high-speed internet access
throughout, free hot breakfast, a 24-hour snack area featuring
light dishes, and a full bar.
Knight Frank partner Peter Whiteley said: "This
area of Sheffield has undergone numerous redevelopments in recent
years including the Metis mixed use building on the junction of
Scotland Street and West Bar Green. This sale and the subsequent
refurbishment is another significant development adjacent to the
new ring road link, bringing further regeneration to the area, as
well as jobs."
Martyn Holland, a consultant in the Real Estate
team at Irwin Mitchell, advised South Yorkshire Police Authority on
Mr Holland said: "This completion marks another important step
in the development of one of Sheffield's highest profile buildings.
I'm delighted to have been involved in the deal and particularly
pleased that now the sale has completed, the hotel's development
can move forward and play what will be an important role in the
continued regeneration of this part of the city."
Simon Matthews-Williams, chairman of hotel management and
development company Sanguine Hospitality, said: "We are delighted
to be able to restore the building to become the Hampton by Hilton
Sheffield and to ensure it continues to tower over the city's
skyline as a quality hotel that will welcome many of the city's
tourists and visitors."
South Yorkshire Police purchased Carbrook House
as its new Force headquarters last year in another deal brokered by
Knight Frank and advised on by Irwin Mitchell. Funds from the sale
of West Bar and other out-of-date SYP properties will contribute
towards the costs of buying and refurbishing Carbrook House.
Sanguine's relationship with Hilton Worldwide
has already seen the opening of full-service DoubleTree by Hilton
hotels in Chester and Bristol, as well as the recently opened
Hampton by Hilton Birmingham Broad Street. In addition, the Hampton
by Hilton Exeter is currently under development.