A number of international hotel firms are making their way to the UK in the near future, including India’s Lalit. Another brand has been added to the hoteliers waiting in the wings, with the announcement that New York’s Highgate Holdings is to open its first London hotel in Shoreditch.
Highgate Shoreditch will be part of a 319,000 square foot mixed-used development on Shoreditch High Street. The tower is designed to be like a series of boxes stacked on top of each other, rising to 30 feet. The 200-room luxury hotel will be alongside office space, roof terraces and a Sky Lounge for people to look out over the area.
The Sky Lounge will be in one of three glass boxes in the building, which will all be at different levels. With the Sky Lounge in the top one, the middle box will be an events space, while the ground-floor box will host a market.
The design of the building, which is led by Gensler, is intended to be in line with Shoreditch’s industrial history.
It will have exposed concrete and glass facades with black steel frames. Duncan Swinhoe, from Gensler, said, “our design respects Shoreditch’s rich industrial legacy, while providing local entrepreneurs and creative businesses with office space and shared amenities.”
Having just gained planning permission from Hackney Council, it will be a while before Highgate Shoreditch arrives in the area. It’s set to break ground next spring, with an expected completion date of 2018. It will create 100 construction jobs, plus more than 800 jobs for the local area.
Meanwhile, another international hotel chain will set up shop in Belgravia, but we’ll be waiting even longer for its completion. Hong Kong-based The Pensinsula Hotels will build The Peninsula London on the site of former office space from the 1950s and ’60s. Construction won’t begin until 2017, however, and the project isn’t expected to be complete until 2021.
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