LHG submits hotel plans for Greenwich Magistrates Court

George Sell By George Sell
31 May 2019 | Updated 31 May 2019

UK: London Hotel Group has submitted plans to convert and extend a former Magistrates' Court and two empty buildings into a 293-bed hotel with avalue of around £70 million.

Located within the Ashburnham Triangle Conservation Area in Greenwich, London, the project will retain the Grade II Listed Magistrates' Court and the two redundant school buildings, as well as reintroducing public access to the Court building and creating new green space and local amenities.

The ground floor of the former Magistrates' Court and one of the school buildings will contain front of house hotel services such as the bar, restaurant and café, giving the buildings a new life and creating new amenities for both hotel guests and local residents.

The new proposals will also include a range of public, semi-public and private green spaces, including a new public square, built around an existing mature tree, and animated by a restaurant or cafe. Inside, a generous lobby with a large skylight will link to another indoor space adjacent to the Magistrates' Court. At first-floor podium level, soft landscaped open spaces provide a break between the existing housing and new hotel elements, whilst at second-floor level, there will be a semi-public hard landscaped roof terrace with generous planting. Further facilities include a gym, pool, conference centres and generous parking spaces.

The sustainability strategy for Greenwich Magistrates Court, prepared by XCO2, is targeting the achievement of BREEAM 'Excellent' and is expected to halve its carbon emissions through a combination of efficient building fabric, highly efficient centralised heat-distribution network and renewable technologies. Additional key sustainability measures include use of water-efficient fittings, effective air, noise and surface water pollution control, and enhancement of local biodiversity.

Meher Nawab, CEO of LHG said: "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, partner at architects Squire & Partners, said: "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. New buildings respect the historic characteristics of the neighbourhood with their materials and proportions, becoming more playful at the centre of the site where glazed and perforated metal facades characterise the courtyard elevations. Patterns and details across the development draw reference from historic elements found within the original Magistrates building. The result is a publically accessible development which anchors itself into the surrounding neighbourhood, whilst creating a destination with a unique character."

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