- Jul 13, 2023
You'd hope the local planning department would insist on a like For like facade At the very least.I think the Royal Albion was already a ‘budget’ hotel as it was owned by Britannia Hotels, one of the worst chains in the country. They seem to pick up old hotels and then spend as little as possible in maintaining them. I hope that is not the cause of this blaze. I see one of the local MPs described them as a slum landlord this morning.
It should be a prime site for a hotel. If they can save the facade maybe someone can rebuild it as a hotel which the city can be proud of.
You would they would rebuild it in a similar style, but I'm not holding out much hope.This is really sad to read about. Hope all are safe & as well as can be. Well done to all responders. I bloody hope at least the facade of the building can be saved. Brighton & Hove is a beautiful part of the world…makes these scenes all the sadder. To all impacted: I hope you’re okay. To Brighton & Hove: The best of my thoughts.
If they can save the facade then good. Otherwise I’d like to see some exciting iconic new architecture in its place.You'd hope the local planning department would insist on a like For like facade At the very least.
That'll be a brown envelope and something as fugly as the Ramada then (or whatever it's called this week)
steel frame, bit of obs, clad in chinese 'stuff'
Iconic building yes, but a Britannia Hotel so probably an inside job because the inside has been left to rot for so long. Easier to burn it down and claim insurance than to actually maintain it because based on any other Britannia Hotel, maintainance is not part of their "running a hotel for dummies" book.
Should be a 5* premium hotel based on location. But it isn't
During lockdown I went to the big iconic hotel in Scarborough (the Grand?) the one that Hitler allegedly wanted as his base in that area had things gone his way.
it dominates the skyline but is now a Britannia. I think I spent about 2 minutes in there to use the toilet and came straight out again. What a dump. I fear it will end up with the same fate as the Royal Albion.
Our work had an "awayday" in Brighton a few weeks back - PI wanted nearly £300 a night per person without breakfast - We ended up at the Ship in the end (actually not as bad as it used to be!)This week we had Unite conference at the BC and a large gaming convention at the Hilton circa 3k in attendance, speaking to a contractor who works at L&G once a month and normally stays central suggested even Premier Inn wanted 390 quid per night ffs
If they can save the facade then good. Otherwise I’d like to see some exciting iconic new architecture in its place.
My thoughts exactly. Yes I do remember the proposals as I was quite active in the campaign to get the planning permission. I also remember the subsequent Tory council pulling the plug on the scheme.Let's have a Frank Gehry masterpiece - remember the proposals for the King Alfred under the last Labour Council?
I quite like the Van AllenBrighton doesn't do exciting iconic architecture, it does cheap generic shite, probably faced in drab brown bricks with drab grey window frames (see every new building from the last 20 odd years).
It's as if the council and developers are trying to recreate communist East Berlin on the south coast of England.