Former Hotel Leofric to be student flats

By Matthew Bates Thursday 11 April 2013 Updated: 15/04 13:43

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THE former Hotel Leofric is also set to be turned into student flats.

Travelodge, which occupied the city centre site after the Leofric closed, confirmed the news this week in a restructuring deal which saw 49 hotels change hands.

The venue closes next month before students move in potentially for the autumn term.

A planning application has been submitted to Coventry City Council by a Solihull-based firm which now owns the site.

In it, developers BIC Project Ltd lay out plans to convert all 120 rooms aimed at Coventry University students.

Many of the existing facilities - such as the hotel's kitchen and storage areas - will be mothballed, while other rooms will be transformed into new student-friendly facilities.

Hotel Leofric was one of the city's top venues when it opened in 1955, hosting a number of famous people visiting Coventry until closing in 2008.

Budget hotel chain Travelodge later bought the site but had looked to sell off the hotels in response to spiralling debts.

Do you have any memories of the Leofric? Call the newsdesk on 01926 317110 or email editor@coventryobserver.co.uk.

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