Planning consent approved for conversion of former Mothercare in Maidstone into new hotel

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A plan to transform a former Mothercare in Maidstone into a new hotel complete with the town’s first rooftop bar has been given the green light.

Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) has secured approval for the new 132-room hotel on Week Street in the centre of Maidstone.

Alongside a reception, lobby, café area and restaurant, the 5,779sq m hotel will include the town’s first publicly accessible rooftop bar, with views overlooking the Kentish hills.

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DMA’s design is on behalf of client Assetrock Maidstone Limited.

Herbert Lui, partner at DMA: “There were concerns about putting a new-build hotel onto such a sensitive site, fronting onto a key shopping street, surrounded by low-rise and historically important buildings and bordered by three conservation areas. However, we worked closely with planning officers, the design review panel, committee members and stakeholders to create a design that both fits in with its surroundings and brings a new energy to the high street area.”

The hotel will comprise three storeys facing the main pedestrianised shopping area with a nine-storey element sat behind the 11-storey Colman House office block.

Herbert concludes: “The client’s brief was to explore the opportunity to re-develop the site with a landmark building to match the 11-storey office building next to it. We worked hard to reassure the authorities, through our designs and choices of materials, that this new hotel would be a respectful and quality piece of architecture and a positive contributor to the regeneration of the town centre -with elements such as the publicly accessible roof top bar likely to attract patrons from outside the hotel.”

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