PLANS have been lodged with the council to convert the Old Lyric Hall in Barrow into a 10-bedroom ‘aparthotel’.

The developer St David Group has submitted proposals to Westmorland and Furness Council to transform a vacant building on Clifford Street into a 10-bedroom hotel.

In September the council approved plans from the developer to convert the building into two Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO’s) consisting of a four-bed and a six-bed unit.

A planning statement prepared on behalf of the applicant says: “This transformation of The Old Lyric Hall into an aparthotel represents an exciting opportunity for both revitalizing a historic building and contributing to the local economy.

“We believe our proposal is not only well-conceived but also deeply respectful of the building's heritage, and we look forward to the prospect of bringing this vision to life for the benefit of the community and visitors to Barrow in Furness.”

According to the planning statement Old Lyric Hall was most recently used as a community hub for clubs such as karate but has been vacant for a number of years and requires significant remedial works.

The proposed redevelopment will consist of four individual apartments on the ground floor, while the first floor will offer six self-contained apartments. Each of these apartments will feature fully equipped kitchenette’s and en-suite facilities.

The proposed property will also contain a staff office, a plant room, a meter room and a linen room.

The planning statement adds: “The layout and scale of the proposed aparthotel have been thoughtfully considered to maximize functionality while preserving the building's external aesthetics. The integration of self-contained apartments with modern amenities, as well as ancillary facilities, ensures a comfortable and convenient experience for future guests.

“Our commitment to preserving the building's character extends to the restoration of the roof, external walls, windows, and doors, all designed to seamlessly integrate with the existing architecture. The landscaping of the courtyard complements the building's charm, creating an inviting and aesthetically pleasing environment.”

Planning officers for Westmorland and Furness Council are yet to make a decision on the application.