A new restaurant could be opening in the Jewellery Quarter to add to its already busy night time offering.
Plans have been lodged to convert a Grade II-listed office building on the corner of Ludgate Hill and St Paul's Square into a new restaurant and flats.
Details of the project are limited at this stage as no end occupier is identified in the newly submitted application or whether the current tenant, property consultancy Fleurets, will be relocating.
Jewellery Quarter-based architecture practice The Space Studio is working on the project which would see the creation of a new commercial unit on the ground floor to include dining space and servery, staff area in the basement and a one-bedroom flat on each of the first and second floors.
There would also be an extension to the second floor to contain a bathroom.
St Paul's Square is already a lively hub of both residential and commercial space and any new venture will be competing against a string of bars in and around the square including The Rectory, Jam House, Ropewalk, Actress & Bishop, Locanta, Stirlings and Pasta di Piazza which recently submitted an application to expand.
A heritage statement prepared by consultancy Richard K Morriss & Associates for the application said the building at 63 St Paul's Square was developed in 1899 by the short-lived Birmingham District & Counties Bank which had been formed by the amalgamation of smaller outfits at that time.
The architect was the little known Sydney Allcock and it later became a branch of Barclays which closed towards the end of the last century when it was converted into offices, according to the statement.
The report concluded: "This scheme is considered to have no adverse impact on the fabric, character or significance of the listed building.
"The proposed changes are considered to be well designed and proportionate as well as respecting the basic character of the building and having no visual impact on the character of the conservation area."