Plans have been submitted to transform the old Fenwick building in Leicester, converting the upper floors into 92 studio, one bedroom and two bedroom suites and a rooftop bar for guests staying in the apartments and private members.

Plans also include a roof terrace, semi-enclosed courtyard and greenhouse and winter garden room and there are separate applications for planning and listed building consent to convert the ground floor into four stores.

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby welcomes the aparthotel for both business users and families visiting the city as an alternative to a more conventional hotel stay.

The partly grade II listed store, which dates back to 1880 and is located in a conservation area, has been empty since the spring after the city’s retail heart shifted towards Highcross shopping centre.

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