The Hinduja Group, dubbed Britain’s wealthiest people, has unveiled plans for a new luxury hotel to be built on the site of the historic Old War Office building, following the group’s purchase of the property in March for £350m.
The group has revealed it will turn the building, which was once occupied by Winston Churchill, into a 125-bedroom hotel, complete with a swimming pool, spa, rooftop bar and a ballroom for 600 guests.
The hotel-cum-residential complex will be created on the site of the 1,100-room Old War Office building on Whitehall, London, which the Hindujas acquired in partnership with Spanish industrial company Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos earlier this year.
The planning application for the 580,00 sq ft development, which has been designed by London architects EPR, has now officially be submitted to Westminster Council.
The application reads: “Our vision is to convert this historically important building in one of the most important conservation areas in the country, into an international landmark, mixed use luxury hotel and residential development of exceptional quality, with corresponding amenity, public access and heritage benefits.”
The building has also been used as the MI6 headquarters in a number of James Bond films: ‘Octopussy’, ‘A View to a Kill’, ‘Licence to Kill’ and ‘Skyfall’.