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Hermann Beck, owner of the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
Hermann Beck, owner of the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
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Plans to incorporate Sheffield’s Grade II listed Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel as part of a city centre high speed rail station have been backed by the building’s owner.

Department for Transport engineers’ proposals for a city centre high speed station as an alternative to one at Meadowhall showed the hotel could have been knocked down and the Wicker Arches altered and raised by five metres.

But Sheffield Council says it wants the hotel retained as part of a ‘London St Pancras-style development’.

Royal Victoria Hotel owner Hermann Beck said: “Incorporating the hotel would be much better than the proposal to knock it down.

“St Pancras is an excellent example of how you can mix the old with the new.”

He added: “When the idea of demolition was raised, a lot of people contacted me saying they were quite outraged the hotel could be lost.

“It is an important asset for Sheffield.”

Simon Green, executive director responsible for development at Sheffield Council, said the authority would work to ensure the station was built in the city centre - but with the hotel remaining and without major changes to the viaduct.