In November 2017, Pegasus Group secured planning permission for Quest’s first UK Aparthotel scheme, for the conversion of the second, third and fourth floors with a two storey extension allowing the creation of 100 rooms. The proposals provide 53 studio and 47 1-bedroom apartments. There will also be a conference room, pantry facilities and a gym for the use of guests. The existing office space had been vacant since March 2015 and the conversion will see the building at full occupancy with retail remaining on the first and ground floors.
The two-storey extension will be set back from the rest of the building and will feature bronze panelling. These panels will also to be applied to the nonglazed elements of the front elevation
and certain windows to maintain the rhythm of the façade in line with the existing. The scheme will generate significant investment into the City Centre whilst enhancing the tourist economy through offering an alternative accommodation to the traditional hotel model.