Planning approved for transformation of London police station into new five-star luxury hotel

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Hong Kong-based Magnificent Hotel Investments Ltd and Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) have secured planning approval for the transformation of a Grade-II listed police station in London into a new luxury hotel.

The proposal to convert the 1960’s Wood Street police HQ into a new hotel was first unveiled in January 2020, when Magnificent Hotel Investments acquired the building at a cost rumoured to be around £40m.

The group bought the property on a 151-year lease, which had been on the market since June via Cushman & Wakefield.

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Now more details about the design project have been revealed, with a new two-storey extension forming part of the plans, as well as a basement gym, swimming pool and spa, conference and meeting rooms, plus a restaurant.

DMA’s approved scheme places the majority of guestrooms within the existing classical fabric of the building, originally designed by renowned post-war architects McMorran & Whitby in 1966.

The police horse stables will become a gourmet restaurant with dining booths inside the individual stalls, whilst the preserved prisoner cells will be quirky private tasting rooms for the proposed Whisky bar.

The sensitive refurbishment of the police assembly hall (Rolfe Hall) will see it become a grand ball room.

The old utilitarian service yard is to be the new heart of the hotel.

Dropped down into the basement levels to bring natural light into the building, the informal area will be topped by a glazed atrium roof and will reconfigure the original vehicle turntable into a central bar.

The entrance hall will be stripped back to create a bright, open, welcoming layout with existing details, such as niches containing Roman wall artefacts, retained.

Mark Wood, partner, Dexter Moren Associates, said: “DMA has worked closely with consultants and stakeholders, creating a sympathetic design that secured a challenging planning consent and found a new and exciting purpose for this well-loved and highly unique heritage property. Reimagining the building as a destination hotel not only celebrates the rich heritage of the City of London but also creates opportunities to open up this grade II* listed asset and allow the public to enjoy its historic interiors.”

It is hoped the scheme will start on site this year with an estimated opening in 2023.

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