The £1bn transformation project of the former US embassy into a new 137-bedroom hotel has now begun.
The first phase of construction on the Grade-II listed property has started, with ReardonSmith Architects taking on the role of executive architect in the project.
Once complete in 2023, the hotel will be known as 30 Grosvenor Square and run by Rosewood Hotels, marking the brand’s second in the capital.
The building, which is situated in the middle of Grosvenor Square in London, was sold by the US government after it moved to its new location in Nine Elms, Wandsworth earlier this year.
Developers Qatari Diar now own the building and have appointed Sir David Chipperfield to over the interior design.
The new hotel will offer 137 bedrooms, five restaurants, a spa and ballroom for up to 1,00 guests, as well as six retail units.
“It is an honour to be working on such a prestigious project and with such an exceptional project team,” says Sidharth Bhatia, associate director of ReardonSmith Architects. “As with our many previous listed building projects, we are very conscious of acting as custodians of the property while delivering a world-class hotel that will meet all the operational demands placed on it and which will serve the test of time.”
Rosewood Hotels said the design of the hotel will ‘delicately showcase the mid-20th century heritage of the building, combining traditional and contemporary craftsmanship through exquisite and refined interiors’.
Abdullah Al Attiyah, CEO of Qatari Diar, said: “The opportunity to transform such an iconic address is something that only happens once in a lifetime and we are extremely proud to be responsible for it.
“We recognise the history of the building and are dedicated to sensitively redeveloping the former U.S Embassy into a new destination on Grosvenor Square.”