Studio Moren gets green light for office to hotel conversion in London (GB)

Studio Moren gets green light for office to hotel conversion London (GB)

Studio Moren has achieved detailed planning consent for one of the first Office to Hotel conversions in the City of London’s new “Destination City” initiative to enliven the city with a mix of uses.


The previous banking hall and office at 5-10 Great Tower Street has been vacant for some years and is located on the primary ceremonial route to The Tower of London while also fronting the listed St Dunstan Churchyard to the rear.


The proposed new “lifestyle” hotel includes 237 keys in a sustainable conversion of the existing building with a redesigned top and base. At street level, the facade has been opened up to activate the frontage to a publicly accessible restaurant, bar, and co-working space. The rooftop is remodelled with an additional two stories, offering hotel rooms with spectacular city views. Internal features include the repurposing of basement bullion vaults to leisure & gym facilities.


Aside from the sustainability initiative to fully re-use the existing structure and facade, improvements include new high-performance windows matching the “crittall” originals and entirely new energy-efficient services.


Anupriya Rajpal, Development Director at Dominus said: “Securing a planning approval from the City of London is a major moment in terms of progressing plans for Great Tower Street and construction completion in 2025. Dominus operates three hotels in central London, and this project will be of a similarly high standard. Having identified the opportunity to repurpose and retrofit this building, the Dominus team are working hard to give this largely vacant building a new lease of life. Our collaboration with The City of London Planning team to bring these proposals forward will create a new attraction within the city, boosting activity in the immediate surroundings. Our focus on the ESG credentials of our developments means we will create a high-quality place to stay within the city that is also sustainable. Former office buildings that are now redundant have huge potential for new uses, especially in prime locations. This strategy that we have refined over the past few years also works well with The City’s developing leisure infrastructure.”   


Image provided by Studio Moren.


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