US Embassy hotel plans
The U.S. Embassy in Mayfair, London is planning to move to new site at Nine Elms, with public consultation being undertaken on plans for a new mixed-use development at its existing site at 30 Grosvenor Square.
In early-2016, renowned British architect, Sir David Chipperfield was commissioned by property developers Qatari Diar to transform the significant mid-20th century listed building and reinstate it as the heart of Grosvenor Square and Mayfair. In November 2016, the project was given the green light to go ahead.
The design seeks to retain the unique external façade, while providing a mixed-use development that includes a hotel, retail and event space. The proposal includes 137 guest rooms, 5 restaurants, 6 flagship retail units, a spa and a 1,000 person ballroom.
The plans involve the removal of the existing security bollards and barricades which were installed post-9/11, and '...include significant public realm improvements which restore permeability to both the building and the square.' Working in partnership with the Grosvenor Estate, this plan will lead to further public realm works to improve the setting of the square as an open, expansive green space for residents and visitors to enjoy.
A public exhibition will run from the 11th to 16th April at 24 Grosvenor Hill. The proposal is due to be submitted to Westminster City Council in May.
Jerry Holmes, Chief Development Officer for Qatari Diar said:
“All local residents are encouraged to attend the public exhibition or arrange a private viewing to discuss the plans with the project team during the consultation period, so we can understand and consider their individual feedback.”
Sir David Chipperfield said:
“Our design proposals protect and respect the significant architectural and structural characteristics of Eero Saarinen's original design, with a focus on restoring and enhancing this unique building to secure its long-term future at the heart of Mayfair. We have studied the building's design and its history as well as its surroundings to deliver an architecturally and socially coherent proposal, which will transform this purpose-built embassy into a world-class hotel.”
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