According to sources, the building housing the US embassy in London is set to be redeveloped into a five-star hotel as part of a £1 billion renovation project.
With American diplomats moving to new premises in Nine Elms, the Grade II-listed building in Mayfair will be converted into a 137-bedroom, Qatari-owned hotel. As part of the redevelopment project there will also be six shops as well as five restaurants.
The plans for the whole project are set to be submitted to Westminster Council in May by building owners Qatari Diar who have touted British architect Sir David Chipperfield as the person they want to design the project.
The developers wish to keep the iconic square, stone frames on the building as well as the aluminum eagle which sits atop the building.
Diplomats will be moving to the new site in 2017, when work can commence on the hotel project.
Photo: Artist’s impression – qataridiar.com