Boxer reveals dramatic plans to turn city centre nightclub into 44-bed hotel

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Oct 2017

Dramatic plans have been submitted to transform a former city centre nightclub into a hotel.

An application has been submitted to Hull City Council to convert what used to be The Ven-U in George Street into a new guesthouse with 44 rooms.

The proposal has been put forward by Samir Mouneimne, who used to own the nightclub before it closed down almost five years ago.

He will work in partnership with his son who is also called Samir and is an amateur boxer.

According to Mr Mouneimne’s application, the first, second and third floors of the premises would be redeveloped by Anlaby Road based Architectural Design Partners Ltd.

However, a take-away, retail unit and self-contained apartments within the planned development area would be retained.

The planning application says: “The proposal relates to changing the use of the remaining upper floor areas to provide a 44 bedroom hotel.

“The ground floor night club would be used as reception, bar and associated facilities for the hotel.”

From the outside, the building would only undergo minimal changes with three windows on the first and second floor set to be built as part of the project.

Inside the property, the ground floor would be converted into a reception area with a lift and staircases to the bedrooms on the upper floors.

“The existing kitchen, seating areas and bar would be trained to serve the hotel,” the planning application states.

“The first floor would accommodate 19 en-suite bedrooms. The second floor would accommodate 18 en-suite bedroom and the third floor would accommodate seven en-suite bedrooms.”

Boxer Samir Mouneimne is set to go into business with his father

There are currently 17 car parking spaces on site and according to Mr Mouneimne’s proposal, these would be retained through development.

The property is situated within the Georgian New Town conservation area where several Grade II listed buildings exist.

However, planners are satisfied that there are no concerns that the development would result in any loss of heritage to the surrounding area.

“The proposed scheme would make no changes to the George Street façade,” the application states.

“Only minor changes to the western elevation are proposed in respect of the additional windows.

“These would be of scale and appearance that is similar to others that exist on the rear of the building.

“The building itself is of no specific architectural or historic merit. Whilst there are considerable alterations proposed to the interior of the building, this would not result in the loss of any heritage asset in its own right.”

The application was lodged by Me Mouneimne on September 8 and Hull City Council’s planning committee is set to made a decision on it within eight weeks.



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