Even London’s oldest and most famous hotels have room for improvement. Claridge’s is the latest to have big plans for new spaces.
Claridge’s has submitted a planning application for a huge “iceberg” basement extension which will be five storeys deep? They also want to add two storeys to the top for a roof extension.
If you think a 5-storey basement sounds excessive, it’s three more than the hotel originally planned. They previously submitted a request for a 2-storey basement, but ground conditions mean they have had to go bigger.
The subterranean part of their intended extension would include a spa, staff quarters, a meeting room and conference centre, and a wine cellar.
They may even have an in-house chocolatier taking up residence in the new space. Meanwhile, the roof extension will have 40 bedrooms and suites.
There’s no guarantee that Claridge’s plans will go ahead. The proposal has been submitted to the local authority, Westminster Council. However, the council has recently set up a “sub squad”, with the purpose of assessing the impact of basement developments. Many local residents have had complaints about such developments in recent years, feeling that they have a significant impact on their ability to have a peaceful life.
There should be a decision on development by November 21st 2016.
If it’s approved, it will be the largest renovation ever undertaken on the Grade-II listed hotel. The building was extended in the 1920s to receive 80 new rooms and has since enjoyed renovations and redecoration.
If approved, the development could turn Claridge’s into a very different hotel. It could also take a long time to be complete, so we probably shouldn’t expect to see the finished work any time soon.
Photo credits: Claridge’s.