The development of hotels in London continues apace. Dominvs Group have submitted plans for a new 382-bedroom hotel featuring Europe’s largest living wall, workspaces and a public roof terrace.
61-65 Holborn Viaduct was well-known (at least to lawyers) for decades as part of the home of legacy Lovell White Durrant and Lovells (now "Hogan Lovells"). The cost of the redevelopment is estimated to reach £250m.
The finished Citiscape House will incorporate a hotel, viewing gallery with separate entrance, rooftop restaurant and bar - and with a nod to diversification which is the hallmark of a modern hotel - will also have workspaces aimed at small to medium enterprises.
Behind the new hotel sits the listed Snow Hill Police Station and the Smithfield Market.
It is a very clever move. Smithfield’s General Market, Fish Market, Red House and Poultry Market - immediately behind the hotel - are due to be transformed into a £332 million new home for the Museum of London and the project is due to complete in 2024.
Earlier this year, the City launched a public consultation on plans to relocate and combine its existing wholesale markets – Smithfield, Billingsgate and New Spitalfields – into a so-called "Mega-Market" at Dagenham Dock in east London.
The three historic markets, trading meat, fish, and fruit and vegetables – will be on a waterfront site close to the A13 and M25 outside the congestion and ultra-low emissions zone, with access to the river and rail connections.