Westminster's Old War Office
Controversial plans to turn the historic War Office in Westminster into a luxury hotel have been given the go ahead by Westminster City Council.
The council has granted planning permission for the owners, The Hinduja Group and , to redevelop property on the condition that the historic character of the 1,000 room Edwardian building is not lost.
The former headquarters of the British army, located at the junction of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall, has a rich history with Winston Churchill among the many famous figures to work there.
Planning permission is also dependent on the new hotel offering public access to the many historically significant parts of the building at least 10 days each year.
Plans for the development include the construction of a double-height basement and three new floors to accommodate 5-star facilities for the hotel’s guests.
The proposals also include the creation of 88 new flats as well as a £10m donation to the affordable housing fund.
Speaking at his first committee as chairman, Westminster City Council senior chairman of planning, cllr Richard Beddoe, said: “This exciting development brings another iconic hotel to the heart of London, boosting our economy and further cementing our position as a world class destination for tourists.
“These plans give this building a new purpose while respecting its place in history. The War Office has played a pivotal role in our country’s past and ensuring members of the public had opportunity to visit and experience this iconic building first hand was a key consideration in our decision.”
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