Birmingham’s Central Methodist Hall to become 150-room hotel

7 Aug 2022 by Mark Caswell
Rendering of The Dean Birmingham

Birmingham’s Grade II listed Central Methodist Hall looks set to finally be converted into a hotel, following approval of plans from Birmingham City Council.

Back in 2019 Business Traveller reported that New York-based Dream Hotel Group was planning to open its first UK property within the building, under the name Unscripted Birmingham Central Hall.

These plans did not come to fruition, but Todd Architects has been appointed to oversee the project, with the building now set to be converted into a hotel operated by Ireland’s Press Up Hospitality Group under the ‘Dean’ brand.

The red brick and terracotta Central Methodist Hall is located on Corporation Street in the city’s Steelhouse Conservation Area, around five minutes’ walk from Birmingham Snow Hill station.

The building dates back to 1904, and has been empty since a nightclub and music venue operating in the building closed in 2017.

Rendering of The Dean Birmingham

According to this page on Todd Architect’s website “the hall’s transformation into a destination hospitality and leisure scheme includes approx. 150 stylish hotel rooms and eight new bars and restaurants at ground and basement levels”.

The project will include the “rejuvenation” of a 1,500-seat events space, as well as the addition of a members’ club cocktail lounge, two external terraces and a flagship rooftop restaurant.

The hotel will represent the first property outside of Ireland for Press Up Hospitality Group, which operates seven hotels including The Dean Dublin, The Dean Galway and The Dean Cork.

Commenting on the news Jessica Carlyle-Clarke, head of business development and new opportunities UK at Press Up Hospitality Group, said:

“We are thrilled to have been granted planning permission for Press Up Hospitality Group’s biggest UK project to date in this iconic landmark building in Birmingham. This is the start of a very exciting time for the group.”

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