Bromley’s old town hall is to get a boutique hotel makeover after plans to transform the building were given the green light.
The council has given planning permission for the construction of a 94 bedroom hotel within the Grade-II listed building, which was built in 1907.
Uses for the old town hall have long been debated about, with a hotel application first submitted in January 2014 by Cathedral Hotels, who have now been given the go ahead for the new project.
The proposal also includes two independent restaurants and a five-floor block of flats. The hotel building will be given a two-storey extension above the ground floor to house bedrooms and another extension behind the central courtyard, which will contain the restaurant’s kitchens.
There will also be an ‘on the street’ entrance to the hotel restaurant at the corner of Tweedy Road an Kentish Way.
Speaking to the Bromley Times, Peter Morgan, Bromley Council’s executive councillor for renewal and recreation, said: “Bromley has lacked a high quality hotel in the heart of the town which is capable of holding conferences and the like and this gap in the market is being filled.
Peter Dean, chairman of the development control committee, added: “It is pleasing to see a disused building being brought back into use, with many of the features such as the fantastic staircase being accessible again for public use.
“The building lends itself to hotel use and the proposals both restore and enhance the original, but also bring about a new, contemporary design.”