Irish company Staycity prepares for the January opening of its second apart-hotel complex in Birmingham

A computer generated image of the Staycity apart-hotel on Newhall Square

A computer generated image of the Staycity apart-hotel on Newhall Square

An Irish company is set to open its second apart-hotel in Birmingham early in the new year.

Staycity’s latest £17 million canalside serviced apartment complex will open in the Jewellery Quarter on January 18 – eight months later than originally planned.

The Dublin-based company already operates a venue in the Arcadian leisure complex near the Bullring.

Staycity is regenerating the former science museum in Newhall Square which closed in 1997.

The complex was due to open in May this year but the project was delayed because of the administration of the main contractor GB Building Solutions and its parent company GB Group Holdings.

Staycity recently revealed it would open in mid-December only for this to put back again.

The company held a recruitment day on November 24 at the Birmingham Hippodrome to fill around 35 vacancies at the complex, which will have 170 one and two-bedroom serviced apartments.

The figure has been revised slightly from the original project which was due to have 172 units.

James Gwilliam, current general manager of Staycity’s 79-unit complex at the Arcadian Centre, will also become general manager of the Newhall Square property.

The apart-hotel concept offers people the chance to stay in an apartment with their own cooking and kitchen facilities but without taking on a full tenancy.

It is becoming a growing sector for Birmingham with other serviced apartments in the Rotunda and Adagio in Digbeth, while Bloc hotel in the Jewellery Quarter is being extended to house 31 apart-hotel rooms and the former HSBC building Paradise Circus is also being redeveloped.