Union plans for major conference centre to get council backing

Plans by the country’s largest trade union for hotel and conference centre are set to get the go-ahead this week.

Unite the Union wants to build a 170-room hotel and conference in Birmingham. Birmingham City Council will examine the scheme this week.

The conference facilities will measure 3,047sq m, enough space for up to 1,000 delegates, along with almost 1,200 sq m of meeting and conference rooms over two floors.

A site at Birmingham Science Park Aston has been earmarked for the building along with a 5249 sq m office building.

The offices will be occupied by Unite, with room for up to 225 staff.

The proposals were recommended for approval subject to a Section 106 obligation, which could see developers paying £51,250 towards administrations costs and wayfinding.

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee will discuss the recommendation at a meeting on 11 June.

A spokesman for the union told CN: “The project will be to build Unite’s national education, training and conference centre. It will be able to host conferences of up to 1,000 delegates and will be the new home of West Midlands Regional Office. On the same site, a 170 bedroom hotel will also be built.”

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