Old office – new hotel

Today’s City Corporation planning meeting in the heart of London saw yet another second hand office building given approval for conversion into a hotel, the latest in a growing stream of planning permissions. 

This time it is a block just south of Fleet Street, previously lawyers’ offices. Last meeting, it was a building on the north bank of the Thames. Then there’s the old Midland Bank headquarters in Poultry. And that’s just the City – there’s plenty more in Westminster. 

Not sure if this headlong rush to develop new hotels is the 2012 Olympic effect, desperation on the part of office owners casting around for the next tenant, or a fundamental shift to more people wanting to stay in better hotels than those currently available in central London. Either way, it’s an interesting change in the building landscape of the British capital.


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