GILLINGHAM

Extension planned for King Charles Hotel, Gillingham

4 January 2024In Gillingham1 Minutes
Current view of King Charles Hotel. Photo: Google Maps

Plans have been submitted for major upgrades to Gillingham’s King Charles Hotel.

The hotel on Brompton Road could be extended by a storey to create 24 en-suite rooms.

It would take the total number of rooms from 97 to 121.

A two-storey conference centre is also proposed for the site of Excalibur Nightclub, next to the three-star hotel.

Proposed view of King Charles Hotel from Brompton Road. Photo: Hay Architects

The nightclub, which shut in 1998 after nine years in business, was demolished in 2019.

The conference centre would have capacity for up to 1560 people, featuring a hall with a stage, meeting rooms, toilets and catering facilities.

A new waiting bay for coaches and taxis on Prince Arthur Road, resurfaced car parks and landscaping are also proposed.

Current view of the Excalibur Nightclub site. Photo: Google Maps
Proposed view of conference centre on the Excalibur Nightclub site. Photo: Hay Architects

In 2019, plans for 57 flats in a five-storey block on the nightclub site were submitted to Medway Council and refused on design grounds.

King Charles Hotel was built in 1948 as a Naval, Army and Air Force Institution (NAAFI) club for service personnel based in the nearby barracks and dockyard.

The NAAFI club closed in 1962 and became the King Charles Hotel in 1980.

A decision on the planning application is expected by 18 March.

View and comment on the plans on Medway’s Planning Portal by clicking here.