London developer Galliard Group is seeking an operator for a new luxury hotel in Great Scotland Yard, slated to open in June 2016.
The developer is working with the Crown Estate for the £100m conversion of the Grade II-listed Edwardian building at 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, which was once the location of the original Scotland Yard Police Station and later offices for the Ministry of Defence.
Galliard Group chief executive Stephen Conway said: “Our vision is to create one of London’s most outstanding five-star hotels. It really is a blue-chip building with grand architecture, a fascinating history and large dramatic interiors”.
Once complete, the 92,000 sq ft, five-star hotel will feature 235 rooms and suites, including a VIP suite, a grand entrance foyer, winter garden lounge, signature restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge, a second lounge, library, 120-seat main conference room and ball room, and meetings and events space.
Costing more than £50 million, the 26-month construction programme will commence in January 2014. The current building at 3-5 Great Scotland Yard has a grand five-storey Imperial Red brick and stone façade with arched main entrance, raised ground floor with high ceilings, ornate pediment and tall windows with feature brick and stone detailing which will be retained.
The building will be extended with two new levels of basement and two new floors above the existing roof level including a top storey with a period-style Westmorland slate-clad mansard roof and ecological features.
The main ground floor reception and entertaining rooms will include a spacious entrance lobby leading into the winter garden lounge, which is surmounted by a dramatic lofty space consisting of a glass-domed multi-storey atrium that rises through all the upper floors of the hotel. Internal feature glazing on the upper floors will provide views into the atrium space and the lounge below.
Furthermore, an adjoining Edwardian office building at No.1 Great Scotland Yard will be incorporated into the new hotel as a VIP suite. Arranged over several floors, this suite will link into the main hotel but have a private street entrance.
Galliard Group, which has acquired a 125-year lease on the building is said to be in the process of “approaching the world’s top hotel operators in order to create the perfect luxury destination hotel at the address”.
The plans propose a bespoke interior design scheme with the front of house having the ambience of a leading New York or Hollywood hotel combined with classic interiors, complemented by destination restaurants, cocktail bars and other leisure facilities.
Galliard Group managing director Don O’ Sullivan added: “We want to create a world-class hotel of the quality of The Mercer or the Chateau Marmont, a place renowned for exceptional service, destination dining and leisure and outstanding luxury and quality”.