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Dominvs secures approval for hotel scheme in Nine Elms

The north hotel will reportedly provide a midscale offer and will be 11 storeys with 360 rooms, while the south hotel will be an affordable luxury offering, totalling 15 storeys with 477 rooms

Dominvs Group has received permission from Wandsworth Council’s planning committee for a two-hotel scheme in Nine Elms, to the west of the US Embassy.

The property will be designed by international architects Squire and Partners, which will deliver two hotels that are to be run by different operators while joined by a common basement facility. 

The north hotel will reportedly provide a midscale offer and will be 11 storeys with 360 rooms, while the south hotel will be an affordable luxury offering, totalling 15 storeys with 477 rooms along with publicly accessible ground floor café, rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as views towards the Thames.

Under the London Plan Policy E10, London’s visitor economy should be strengthened and it is estimated that an additional 58,000 hotel and serviced accommodation rooms will be required by 2041, an increase of 2,230 rooms per annum. Dominvs’ proposals are said to “make a significant contribution” towards satisfying this need.

In addition, the scheme’s approval reportedly underscores Dominvs Group’s proven track record in hotel delivery and operation, with the recent delivery of heritage-led hotels also in St. Paul’s, London and Bath’s UNESCO-protected city centre.

Jay Ahluwalia, principal at Dominvs Group, said: “Following a change in market conditions, we submitted revised proposals for two high-quality hotels, which will make a significant contribution to satisfying the need for the additional 2,230 hotel rooms that the London Plan has identified. 

“This scheme is a testament to our team’s in-depth knowledge of local markets, and the ability to remain agile to maximise the value created for the two pan-European tenants who will lease the hotels in a further boost to the capital’s thriving hospitality sector.” 

Tim Gledstone, partner at Squire and Partners, said: “The new dual flagship hotel at Nine Elms activates a prominent site adjacent to the US Embassy and reflects the emerging high-quality neighbourhood of Embassy Gardens and the surrounding wider masterplan. 

“The hotels are designed as a sculptural counterpart to the American Embassy. Distinctly expressive and textured, the crafted façades take inspiration from the nearby River Thames, fragmenting and rippling the light. Bay windows offer guests wide-reaching views of Nine Elms, the Thames and across London.” 

He added: “The proposal roots itself in the Linear Park and the existing street fabric, whilst creating new public spaces, pedestrian routes through the site as well as providing further landscape enhancements to Ponton Road. The development contributes to the creation of a vibrant district and the completion of a new centrepiece of international contemporary appeal.”

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