A CHESTER hotel, bar and restaurant is building an annex to add 14 bedrooms.

Work has started at Oddfellows in Lower Bridge Street to put a three-storey building on a car park to the rear of the courtyard and convert an adjacent end-terrace property in Grosvenor Place.

Residents have complained about noise in the past but welcomed the scheme, given planning permission two years ago, which will screen the outdoor area.

Oddfellows, which features four bedrooms graded as five star, believes the extension will ‘meet an identified need’ when it is completed next spring.

Chris Brown, chief executive of Marketing Cheshire, said: “The addition of Oddfellows to the Chester offer has been a significant boost for the visitor economy as their distinctive product has proven to be a great hit with residents and visitors alike.

“However, we were aware that with only four bedrooms the demand was always going to outstrip the supply. To that extent we are delighted with their intentions to increase the number of bedrooms.”

City of Chester conservation area advisory committee commended the contemporary architecture, while appreciating the traditional use of pitched roofs and clay building materials.