• It wasn't so many years ago that 'aparthotel' was a relatively unknown term in the UK, and to see the word used in a planning application was a relative rarity.
But the aparthotel is now becoming one of the cornerstones of modern mixed-use development - bridging the gap between a traditional hotel and residential rentals or market sale apartments in schemes that may well include all three uses.
This week we have seen a major mixed-use scheme
in Yorkshire get the green light. The £270 million redevelopment of a former swimming pool in Leeds really does have a bit of everything - with a 120-key aparthotel set to take its place alongside a raft of other use classes including BTR, PBSA, office, leisure and coworking.
And across the water in Belfast, London-based developer JMK Group has redrawn its plans for a major hotel development in the Titanic Quarter to include a 98-key aparthotel, saying “the revised plans are reflective of a change in market demand”.
These are exciting times for the aparthotel sector and mixed-use developments, and we have a couple of great webinars this week reflecting both.
Tomorrow, I'll be joined by Harry Harris of SUSD, Geoff Hull and Pascal Wensink of EPR Architects and Yolande Barnes of The Bartlett Institute to discuss the evolution of mixed-use development. Click here to register for the no-cost session.
Then on Thursday, our next SAN webinar, featuring Qassim Ali of CoStays, Leo Colgan of IMS and Merilee Kerr of UnderTheDoormat, will look at the crossover between serviced apartments/extended stay and the Build-To-Rent market. Click here to register.
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