The new hotel development comprises two towers on a plot between Albert Embankment and the Network Rail viaduct, serving Waterloo Mainline Station.
Designed by Hopkins Architects, the scheme features two new linked buildings of 26 and 29 storeys over a four-level basement. Each tower will comprise a separate hotel with 516 bedrooms in the south tower and 356 in the north building. Vintage House, which is adjacent to the towers, will gain a two-storey extension and remain as commercial offices.
When complete, the new hotel will offer guests expansive views across the River Thames, encompassing central London. Outside guest amenity space would be provided on the sixth floor along with further ground floor amenities including a shop, restaurant, bar and café which the wider community can enjoy.
The scheme seeks to enhance the previous applications to create a more elegant skyline. The redesign has also offered the opportunity to increase the number of hotel rooms to improve its strategic function and contribution to London Plan policy.
Our environmental team undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening where they successfully screened out the need to undertake an EIA. Following this, we prepared a series of technical reports to support the planning application including noise and vibration, air quality, site waste management and ecology. Following a biodiversity net gain report, it was found that the proposals would significantly increase biodiversity on site by 257%.
Architect: Jestico + Whiles Architects
Images: Courtesy of Hopkins Architects