The entertainment group behind one of the Midlands' most famous live music venues is to open a new bar in Birmingham.
DHP Family runs Rock City in Nottingham which counts Duran Duran, Nirvana and Red Hot Chilli Peppers among the many artists who have played there.
The company has now bought the Grade II-listed former Birmingham and Midland Skin Hospital building, in John Bright Street, where it plans to open a bar with a full programme of live music and club nights.
The building, which dates back to the 1880s, used to house bar Rosie O'Briens and was put up for sale earlier this year with a £1.2 million price tag but in June was labelled as 'at risk' by campaign group SAVE Britain's Heritage.
If given the green light, the new bar will join what is becoming one of Birmingham's busiest areas for evening entertainment.
Restaurants The Stable, Turtle Bay and Nakira have all opened there in recent years, joining the Grosvenor Casino, BrewDog bar and budget hotel group easyHotel which launched an 84-bedroom venue earlier this year.
DHP Family owner George Akins said: "Birmingham is the UK's second city and has a rich musical heritage but the city centre has lacked a characterful and creative venue for a long time.
"We believe, with the revitalisation of the area around New Street station, the time is right to create a place the music fans of Birmingham will welcome."
Plans are now being drawn up for a complete refurbishment of the premises which is due for completion in 2018.
DHP Family's other venues include Rescue Rooms and Stealth in Nottingham, Nordic-inspired venue Oslo in London and Thekla which is based on a former cargo ship in Bristol.
Director of operations Anton Lockwood added: "We plan to use the skills and knowledge we've gained from award-winning venues like Rock City, Oslo, Thekla and Rescue Rooms to deliver something exciting that echoes the DHP values and standards but is also a unique experience to Birmingham.
"As part of this, we will increase our focus on Birmingham as promoters and will be investing in people and marketing in this key strategic region for us."
The new Birmingham premises will bring its portfolio up to nine venues owned and operated by DHP Family across four cities.
In addition to the lively night time economy John Bright Street has, the area is flanked by several residential developments, raising the possibility of complaints from local people over the noise generated by a live music venue.
DHP said: "As experienced operators of licensed premises, we fully understand how to work harmoniously with our neighbours, both residential and commercial as well as with the appropriate authorities.
"When we get into the detailed development of the venue plans this will be, of course, something that will be a major consideration.
"The area around John Bright Street is definitely up and coming and vibrant.
"We hope and expect our new venture will be a popular and positive contribution to the area, its residents and its existing businesses, as well as to Birmingham as whole."