THERE are plans for a new underground music venue in the heart of Brighton.
The bar and venue would be situated underneath myhotel in Jubilee Square – in a space currently occupied by the hotel car park.
The proposal is part of a wider plan to extend the Jubilee Square hotel building which would see 14 new hotel rooms, extensions to the attached restaurant and cafe and a new penthouse apartment complete with roof top garden and beehives.
The plans, drawn up by city-based Chalk Architects, were formally submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council last week. A decision is expected on October 13.
Setting out the proposal to the council, they said: “myhotel is ambitious to remain at the forefront of hospitality service in Brighton and Hove. The building is operating at maximum capacity (the hotel is regularly booked to 80% occupancy which places it as the local market leader) and there are clear indications that demand for the hotel’s services are increasing.
“As part of the hotel’s ongoing strategic business review certain adaptations to the hotel building and its infrastructure have been targeted for updating and improvement.”
The firm estimates 20 jobs will be created as a result of the expansion.
The main development will be that of the underground venue, which will replace the hotel’s car park.
The plans include a live music room, stage, lights desk, green room and unisex toilets.
There will also be a separate bar area.
On the ground floor there are plans to expand the existing award winning Chilli Pickle restaurant with a new pavilion to provide room for 30 extra covers as well as a private dining room, chef’s studio and dry stores.
There will also be an extension to the Small Batch Coffee shop on the ground floor with an entrance to the underground venue.
On the first, second and third floors an extra 14 hotel rooms will be built.
Meanwhile on the roof, a luxury three-bedroom penthouse apartment is planned.
The roof will also be home to hundreds of bees with between two and five hives proposed. Planners say the bees will collect their pollen from the likes of Pavilion Gardens, Preston Park and the Old Steine and that the honey would be sold locally.
There are also plans for extensive landscaping with a “green roof” of shrubs, bulbs and grasses and a living wall of greenery which it is hoped will improve local air quality.