Dominvs Group has been granted planning consent from the City of London Corporation for an 82,500-sq-ft hotel on Ludgate Hill located in close proximity to St Paul’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Dominvs will develop and operate the hotel under a yet to be announced brand. The luxury hotel will offer guest bedrooms across six floors, with some offering uninterrupted views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. There will be a restaurant and spa, both of which will welcome hotel guests as well as local visitors and residents to enjoy a meal or treatment. Consent also includes the retention of an existing retail unit on the ground floor.
The scheme lies in the St Paul’s Cathedral conservation area and has been designed to a BREEAM Excellent level, representing the highest possible environmental and sustainability standards. The façade of Creed Court will be retained and existing buildings on the site will be demolished, followed by the construction of a new part-five and part-seven storey building with three basement levels.
In recommending the scheme for approval, Planning Officers stated that the proposed building would “preserve the character and appearance of the St Paul’s conservation area” and that the design would “minimise the potential impact on nearby residential occupiers in relation to privacy, overlooking, noise, daylight and sunlight”.
Preet Ahluwalia, on behalf of Dominvs Group and the Ahluwalia family, commented: “We are immensely grateful for the hard work that has gone into this proposal by the design team, planning consultants and the local council. That the final scheme has been deemed a valuable addition to the historic St Paul’s area is a testament to this hard work. Dominvs Group is committed to developing high-quality hotel accommodation, while remaining sensitive to the treasured London locations in which we build.”
This will be Dominvs’ second development in the capital, with work already underway on the conversion of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court into a luxury 200-bedroom hotel. The hotel will be in partnership with Marriott and part of the Autograph Collection. A further hotel development is planned for London on a site Dominvs acquired last year on Old Marylebone Road, Westminster.