Work on the Mu Mu Hotel and new pizzeria in Brewer Street, Maidstone, will start next year
Construction work on a five-star spa hotel with pizzeria in the city center is due to begin next year.
Company owner Ciaran O’Quigley hopes to open the 36-room Mu Mu Hotel in Brewer Street, Maidstone next September.
The £5.7m development proposals were unanimously approved in 2016 but have been on the back burner ever since.
But this week Mr O’Quigley, owner of the Mu Mu bar in Week Street for more than 30 years, told KentOnline he expects work on the lavish hotel, restaurant and bar to start in January or February.
The 54-year-old said: “Plans for the hotel are still underway. First we will have the opening of the Neapolitan-style pizzeria, which will be called Dough & Licker.
“Then we will work on the hotel and bar, hopefully around January and February. If all goes well, we will be looking to open in September.
“It will be awesome, very Shoreditch and Soho style.”
The company owner, from Barming, wants to create a luxury hotel for the city to challenge the best in the world and has previously described it as “Claridge’s meets Willy Wonka”.
It would be built around the former Jag Dance Studios on Brewer Street and nearby buildings, which had been abandoned for years.
In 2016 the entrepreneur and actor, who appeared in Netflix hit The Crown, revealed he was working with architect Simon Judd and former Rolling Stones set designer Jeff Meades to complete the project.
Mr O’Quigley, who stunned the town with how quickly MuMu got back on its feet after a devastating fire last year, was full of confidence for the hotel, previously saying he thought it could be the number one hotel in the UK.
A 1930s speakeasy theme is planned, with two library-style lounges and a retro cinema. The spa will include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam rooms, mud rooms and 10 treatment rooms.
The proposal was met with largely positive feedback, although objections from Historic England and the local conservation officer meant the application went to committee six years ago.
Historic England felt that the status quo was preferable, with the development negatively impacting the context of the nearby Grade II* listed Grove House and also “destroying” other notable buildings, such as the derelict building of the St Francis school.
The full application can be viewed on the town planning website under reference 16/501604/FULL.
Ciaran’s famous Mu Mu nightclub is set to reopen next month, 16 months after being destroyed by a huge fire.
Preview images on social media reveal a design featuring red and green velor seats and gold accents.
The big return will take place on November 5, with a completely renovated space, created by the best designers from the United Kingdom and Ibiza.