Plans submitted for new hotel at former Greenwich Magistrates’ Court

PLANS have been submitted to convert an old magistrates’ court in south east London into a 293 bedroom hotel.

The scheme from LHG (London Hotel Group) would see the Grade II listed former Greenwich Magistrates’ Court extended and converted along with two neighbouring London School Board buildings which date back to 1892 and 1903 respectively.

If approved by Greenwich Council, the new £70 million hotel will boast a gym, pool, ground floor bar and restaurant, and a range of public, semi-public and private green spaces, including a new public square, built around an existing mature tree.

Meher Nawab, CEO of LHG, commented: “We are proud to be submitting a high quality design that is not only respectful to the local heritage – particularly regarding the Magistrates’ Court – but will also bring this brownfield site back into vibrant and viable use. As ever, our focus is to create considerate, design-led quality developments that will boost the local areas in terms of their economy, employment opportunities and their community.”

Michael Squire from project architects Squire & Partners added,”Our design approach restores the Grade II listed former Greenwich Magistrates Court, and celebrates this by establishing a series of public spaces and courtyards, around which contemporary buildings articulate the transition between old and new through glazed links and skylights. Local residents, visitors and hotel guests will be encouraged into the central landscaped spaces.”

The court building in Blackheath Road, close to Deptford Bridge DLR station, dates back to the early 20th century. It included two courts and a police station when built in 1909 with a third courtroom added around 1960. The government closed the court in May 2016 and sold the building for £12 million.

The rear of the development site neighbours the Doubletree Greenwich hotel which was created in a former Metropolitan Police section house and opened under the Mercure brand in 2012.

The planning application for the new hotel at Greenwich Magistrates’ Court was submitted to the Royal Borough of Greenwich last month.

CGI courtesy of Squire & Partners

Offers in excess of £3m sought for Cornish boutique hotel

A BEACHFRONT boutique hotel on the North Cornwall coast has gone on sale with a guide price in excess of £3million.

Atlantic House is a modern development of nine privately-owned apartments and a dozen en-suite boutique hotel rooms.

The property overlooks Polzeath beach and has capacity for a large new restaurant and bar on the ground floor, with 200 covers inside and 60 on the terrace.

James Greenslade at Savills, who have brought the hotel to market on behalf of a private client, commented: “Atlantic House is a unique opportunity for someone to acquire and re-create the famous Doom Bar as well as open a boutique style hotel occupying a stunning position with amazing ocean views overlooking Polzeath Beach.”

Related: Read the guide to boutique hotels in Cornwall.

Plans submitted for new Cheval Blanc hotel in London

PROPOSALS have been submitted to planners at Westminster Council for a brand new luxury hotel in the heart of Mayfair.

The new 83 bedroom Cheval Blanc hotel would be built in Grafton Street just off Bond Street.

Cheval Blanc is the upscale hotel brand belonging French luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH).

Cheval Blanc’s small portfolio of “rare and exceptional luxury” maisons includes hotels in Courchevel, Randheli and St Tropez.

Foster + Partners are the architects behind the new project which also includes restaurants and a spa.

New boutique hotel proposed in Bristol city centre

PLANS have been submitted to Bristol City Council to turn two office buildings into a new boutique hotel.

The site of the proposed hotel is in the city’s Queen’s Square Conservation Area, in the heart of what was once the banking and commercial heart of Bristol.

Art deco, Grade II listed 37-39 Corn Street was built in the 1930s to a design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott whose other famous designs include the iconic red telephone box and Battersea Power Station.

Originally used as the offices of Friends Provident, the building and neighbouring 1960s-built 41 Corn Street would become a 126 bedroom hotel, if planners approve the scheme.

Documents submitted with the planning application say that the car free Corn Street Hotel would be seek to “reflect Bristol’s reputation as a creative and environmentally conscious city.”

Planning permission has previously been granted to turn the site into student accommodation.

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Refurbishment at Richmond Hill Hotel

A £6.7 million refurbishment programme is taking place at Richmond Hill Hotel in west London.

Following the revamp, devised by award-winning K&H Design, the hotel will have 144 bedrooms with the each of the 69 Georgian bedrooms being individually designed with references to Richmond’s local history and character,

The ‘Hill Collection’ rooms at the Georgian townhouse will offer cool, contemporary accommodation in this leafy location by the River Thames.

Richmond Hill Hotel is also undertaking a major remodelling of its food and beverage outlet bringing a new all-day dining destination to the village. Designed by award-winning Russell Sage Studio, the space has been devised as a place to kick back, to brunch, lunch or dine, or celebrate a milestone. The club like feel is also set to become a new space for today’s working lifestyle.

Diane Tapner-Evans, General Manager at Richmond Hill Hotel, says: “Richmond has been a source of inspiration for world famous artists and writers over the years and we have used these influences throughout the design process. Our Georgian townhouse has been designed for both business and leisure guests as a space to provide solace and escape from our busy lifestyles. The team have worked tirelessly to create an unrivalled reputation and now it’s time to give the village a new focus at the top of the hill.”