Boutique hotel conversion to go ahead as BTC UK buys Bow Street Magistrates Court

George Sell By George Sell
03 November 2016 | Updated 03 November 2016

UK: The Grade-II-listed former Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden, London, will be redeveloped as a luxury boutique hotel after its sale.

UK: The Grade-II-listed former Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden, London, will be redeveloped as a luxury boutique hotel after its sale.

The new owner is BTC UK, the UK arm of a Qatari investment company, which also owns the Soho Coffee Company, Apostrophe cafés and Euphorium Bakery.

The building, which closed in 2006, was originally going to be converted into a 100-bedroom hotel by Austrian hoteliers, Rudolf and Christian Ploberger. The brothers originally received planning permission to convert the building in 2013, but last year put the property on the market with a price tag of £75 million.

Mehdi Ghalaie, managing director of BTC UK, said: "After many years under different owners, our focus is now on delivering a world class boutique hotel that befits the history of this landmark building. We will be engaging with English Heritage, Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police in our planning process to maintain the building's illustrious legal heritage and history and to ensure that the traditions and spirit of Bow Street are preserved."

Michael Elliott acted for BTC UK, while Gerard Nolan & Partners co-invested and acted for Rudolf and Christian Ploberger.

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