Basement developments are becoming something of a trend for London’s hotels. Claridge’s has plans for a five-storey basement extension, while an entirely underground hotel has been given the green light too.
Edwardian Hotels London has now joined the club with the “bottoming out” of their new development in Leicester Square. Developers have reached the lowest point of their construction site, at 30m underground. It will be the deepest hotel basement in London.
The hotel will open in 2019, with the project costing an impressive £300m.
The site of the hotel will also have bars and restaurants, two cinemas, a banqueting suite and leisure facilities in the basement. In total, the basement will have six storeys – one more than Claridge’s has planned.
Of course, there will be plenty going on for the hotel above ground too. It will have a whopping 350 rooms and suites for guests.
To mark the occasion of reaching the lowest point of the development (in terms of distance, not morale), Edwardian Hotels London has created a time capsule. It contains blue prints, newspapers and CGIs of the development. So perhaps Londoners of the future (or maybe aliens) can take a look at how hotels were designed in 2017.
Although Edwardian Hotels London have plenty of experience renovating existing buildings, they have long wanted to develop a site from scratch.
The building is designed to work as a series of interconnecting venues, allowing the public access to each of them. The development is intended to fit in with the surrounding buildings that are already there.
Now the developers have hit the lowest point of the basement, they will lay the foundations and start to build upwards. The six-storey basement and the rooms above it make for a huge project, but it’s intended to be completed in a couple of year’s time.
Photo credits: Edwardian Hotels London, David Holt.