Green light for third Hoxton hotel in London

Piers Brown By Piers Brown
11 June 2015 | Updated 17 June 2015

Local councillors have unanimously backed plans for a new sixteen-storey boutique hotel and office block in Southwark, London.

Local councillors have unanimously backed plans for a new 16-storey boutique hotel and office block in Southwark, London.

The existing six-storey former social security office at Wedge House in Blackfriars Road will be demolished and replace The Pronce Albert pub in Columbo Street which closed earlier this year to make way for the new mixed-use office and hotel development that will be 14 storeys tall plus basement, ground floor and mezzanine.

Developer Derwent London has partnered with Hoxton Hotels for the 192-bedroom boutique hotel to be designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands which will occupy six floors of the new development with five floors of new office space above. The Ennismore Capital owned, Hoxton Hotels already operate hotels in Shoreditch and Holborn.

Sharan Pasricha, founder and CEO of Ennismore/The Hoxton said: "Southwark is an incredibly exciting part of London. South of the river is where we chose as home for our third London property because we're big fans of the neighbourhood, especially the theatre and food scene and we're looking forward to growing up alongside it."

Soho House - best known for its private members' clubs, and existing operator of the food and beverage at Hoxton Shoreditch and Holborn hotels will work with the hotel to offer a ground floor restaurant and bar, and a "skybar" on the top floor. Before granting planning permission, councillors inserted a condition requiring there to be public access to the restaurant and skybar.

Planning officer Yvonne Lewis told councillors that the new building - at 16 storeys - would serve as a transition between the very tall buildings at the northern end of Blackfriars Road and the mid-rise buildings further south.

The committee was addressed by Tim Wood, chair of Bankside Open Spaces Trust who raised concerns about the impact of the tall building on the adjacent Christ Church Garden and called on councillors to ensure that some of the community infrastructure levy (CIL) payments associated with the development are directed to the garden.

The developer offered a payment totalling £50,000 for improvements to nearby Christchurch Gardens in recognition of some over-shadowing the new development will cause and £10,000 to restore the crumbling Georgian pillars at the entrance to the garden.

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